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Indiana law schools rank in annual report

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Indiana's four law schools once again were among the rankings for the U.S. News & World Report's annual report of graduate schools.

Based on data from fall 2007 and early 2008, three of the state's law schools ranked in the top 100 of schools. The University of Notre Dame Law School is at 22, up from 28 last year; Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington, 36th, retained its ranking from last year; and Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis is at 68, up from 85 on last year's list. Valparaiso University School of Law was again listed as a Tier 4 school, where schools are listed alphabetically.

U.S. News & World Report's rankings of law schools is based on a weighted average of 12 measures, including median LSAT scores, acceptance rates, employment rates for graduates, bar passage rate, and student-faculty ratio. Law schools must be accredited and fully approved by the American Bar Association and draw the majority of its students from the U.S. in order to be listed.

Nationwide, some law schools have denounced the magazine's ranking system, saying it puts too much emphasis on LSAT scores and GPAs, adding that prospective students should look beyond these rankings to determine which school is their best match. Other studies and law school rankings exist, however at this time none is more well-known than that of the U.S. News and World Report.
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