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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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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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