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Law School’s Clinical Training Program Elevates to #14 in Latest US News Rankings


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The Columbus School of Law’s clinical training program rose 12 spots from the previous year and is ranked at #14 in the 2015 US News survey of Best Grad Schools (Law) released on March 11th.

According to US News, “Clinics give students hands-on experience with interviewing, counseling and advising clients. Law schools often offer clinics in criminal justice, family law, consumer rights and more. These are the top law schools for clinical training.”

The endorsement of CUA Law’s clinical offerings is the judgment of a jury of peers. The ranking is determined by survey responses from legal educators and clinicians who are actively involved in clinical programs at fellow law schools.

One of the oldest and most respected clinical approaches in the country, the core of CUA Law’s program began in 1970 with the establishment of Columbus Community Legal Services, which now includes four sub-clinics in General Practice, Families and the Law, Advocacy for the Elderly, and Consumer Protection.

Over the past couple of years, the law school’s hands-on training opportunities for students have greatly expanded to include the Immigration Litigation Clinic, the Innocence Project Clinic and Clemency Project, the Criminal Prosecution Clinic, and the Virginia Criminal Defense Clinic.

In a related development, the Columbus School of Law was among 60 law schools favorably assessed by National Jurist magazine in its March 2014 article, “Best Schools for Practical Training.”
CUA Law’s externship program earned the highest accolades and was 16th place among the schools surveyed.
The magazine devised its own methodology based upon data submitted by each school to the American Bar Association. It weighted various factors that fall under the broad umbrella of experiential learning, assessing such things as simulation courses, externships, and clinical offerings.

The National Jurist article took note of the wide variety of approaches law schools take to practical training, stating:

“Few schools are alike in offerings. It would be hard to find two schools that use the same combination of clinics, externships and simulations. Some rely on clinics and externships rather than simulations. Others lean more heavily on simulations versus the other two models.”