2 Indiana law schools in top 25 of annual ranking

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Using a new methodology that takes into account the number of graduates who found jobs in the legal profession, U.S. News & World Report released Tuesday its latest ranking of law schools.

Even with the change in calculation, Indiana maintained a strong showing on the U.S. News 2014 Best Law Schools list. Two of the state’s four law schools placed in the top 25 of the 194 schools reviewed.

All the law schools on the list are accredited by the American Bar Association.

This year, the University of Notre Dame Law School was ranked No. 23, down from last year’s ranking of 22. Indiana University Maurer School of Law rose one spot to No. 25.

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law fell to No. 98 in the ranking from 89 one year ago. The school ranked No. 10 in both areas of healthcare law and legal writing.

Valparaiso University School of Law was listed in the “rank not published” category. U.S. News uses this designation when a school’s numerical ranking falls below the cutoff point.   

The methodology for calculating a school’s ranking was altered this year to include the schools’ success in helping graduates find legal jobs. U.S. News drew upon the more detailed jobs information that law schools are now required to report to the ABA.  

With a full 20 percent of the overall score based on placement success, this year, the publication gave more weight to graduates in full-time positions lasting at least a year that required passage of the bar exam or where a J.D. was useful. Less weight was given to full-time jobs that did not require the employee to pass the bar.

Data was collected in fall of 2012 and early 2013.



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