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U.S. News & World Report ranks law schools

April 15, 2010

An annual report ranking the nation's law schools put Indiana's programs much in the same position as they were last year in terms of tuition and enrollment.

U.S. News & World Report's annual listings of graduate schools used data from the fall 2009 and early 2010 semesters to come with the rankings, which are available today.

- University of Notre Dame Law School moved up one notch to 22, improving from the overall 23 ranking last year. With an enrollment listed as 548 full-time students, the school listed a $39,320 annual tuition.

- Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington earned a 27 ranking, down from 23 last year. The school had 620 full-time students with a $24,891 tuition for full-time students from Indiana, and $40,691 for out-of-state students.

- Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis earned a ranking of 86, improving from 87 a year earlier. Enrollment came in at 625 full-time students with tuition being $18,163 and $38,478 for in-state and out-of-state students respectively.

- Valparaiso University School of Law, with a $35,230 yearly tuition and 541 full-time students, ranked as a Tier 4 school as it has consistently in past years.

The overall scores used for rankings are based on a weighted average of 12 measures, including median LSAT scores, acceptance rates, employment rates for graduates, bar passage rates, and student-faculty ratio. To be listed, law schools must be accredited and fully approved by the American Bar Association and draw a majority of its students from the U.S.

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