March 16, 2016

Catholic University's Columbus School of Law is ranked #103 among law schools in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings, released on March 16, 2016. The new ranking is a five-point improvement from last year's rankings where CUA Law finished at #108. U.S. News ranked our part-time J.D. program at #27 and our clinical training program at #21.

Several factors contributed to CUA's rise in the rankings, including an increase in the undergraduate GPAs of the incoming class of first-year students and an increase in the percentage of recent graduates employed within 10 months after graduation. Also notable was a favorable student/faculty ratio of 9.7 (compared to the 12.1 average at the other five local law schools).

"While closely watched, the U.S. News' rankings do not fully capture the essence of what we call the CUA Law Advantage. Our Law School excels in offering a first-rate legal education that is practical, focused, and connected," said Daniel F. Attridge, Dean and Knights of Columbus Professor of Law at Catholic University's Law School. "At CUA Law, our students learn by doing in classes, clinics, and externships that emphasize practical skills for the real world of practice. Our students can focus on different legal specialties to gain enhanced expertise, while being challenged by our mission that promotes service to others. And our students are connected in an ideal Washington, D.C. location with small classes, committed professors, a collegial student body, and an active alumni network."

As examples of CUA Law's strong educational value and its graduates' exceptional performance in the real world of practice, the dean pointed to recent recognition from outside sources, including:

PreLaw magazine rates CUA Law #5 for preparation for public defender and prosecutor careers.

• An American Lawyer survey of midlevel associates ranks CUA Law in the top 15 for preparation for firm practice.

Forbes ranks CUA Law in the top 30 for recent graduates who earn the biggest paychecks.

• A recent study ranks CUA Law #32 in the number of partners at large law firms.

National Law Journal ranks CUA Law #45 for the percentage of new associates hired by the largest law firms.

SuperLawyers rates 697 CUA Law graduates as SuperLawyers or Rising Stars.

"Regardless of whether CUA Law moves up or down in the latest U.S. News rankings, we will remain a top-notch law school with the same unshakeable commitment to excellence," said Dean Attridge. "Our innovative educational programs ensure that our graduates will remain among the most practice-ready, career-focused, and best-connected lawyers in the nation. As alumni, our graduates will continue to outperform whatever expectations may be forecasted by our U.S. News' ranking."