ILNews

Notre Dame, McKinney up, Maurer down in US News rankings

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Although deans consistently disparage the annual rankings, the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Law Schools may have given Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law reason to cheer.

The Indianapolis institution jumped to 88th place, up from 100th place on 2017 list and 102nd place in 2016. It tied with Brooklyn Law School, St. Louis University and University of South Carolina in the annual rankings released Tuesday.

U.S. News examined all 197 law schools fully accredited by the American Bar Association. The rankings are based on 12 factors including median LSAT and GRE scores, employment rate, bar passage rate and assessment scores from lawyers and judges.

University of Notre Dame Law School also took a step up to the 20th slot after placing 22nd the previous two years. The South Bend school was tied with the University of Iowa.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law stayed on the roller coaster. In the current list, it slid to the 30th place, tying with George Washington University, Ohio State University, University of Georgia, University of Washington and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Bloomington school sank to 34th place in 2016 then leaped to the 25th slot in the 2017 rankings.

Valparaiso University School of Law remained in the “Ranking Not Published” category. Indiana Tech Law School, which has provisional accreditation but has announced plans to close in June, was not included in the rankings.

The top three spots on the list were occupied by Yale University, Stanford University and Harvard University, respectively.

Within the specialty rankings, IU McKinney and IU Maurer had strong showings.

IU McKinney’s health law program placed 12th and its legal writing curriculum was 15th. IU Maurer’s tax law program was ranked 23rd, international and environmental law was 25th and intellectual property law was 27th.

The U.S. News rankings also looked at the cost of attending each accredited law school and graduate indebtedness.     

IU McKinney, with an enrollment of 816 (519 full-time students and 297 part-time students), charges in-state full-time students $26,379 annually in tuition and fees. Among its 2016 graduates, 91 percent of the class had debt and the average amount owed was $105,065.

IU Maurer has an enrollment of 525 and sets tuition and fees for in-state full-time students at $32,551 annually. A total of 74 percent of the 2016 graduates had debt with the average indebtedness being $99,895.

Notre Dame has a total of 599 students and costs $54,297 each year in tuition and fees. The average amount of debt for the 2016 graduates was $123,924 with 75 percent of the class leaving school with debt.

Valparaiso Law School has 328 students and charges $40,372 each year in tuition and fees. Of the 2016 graduating class, 95 percent had debt and the average indebtedness was $136,765.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in Indiana Lawyer editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
Subscribe to Indiana Lawyer
  1. Unlike the federal judge who refused to protect me, the Virginia State Bar gave me a hearing. After the hearing, the Virginia State Bar refused to discipline me. VSB said that attacking me with the court ADA coordinator had, " all the grace and charm of a drive-by shooting." One does wonder why the VSB was able to have a hearing and come to that conclusion, but the federal judge in Indiana slammed the door of the courthouse in my face.

  2. I agree. My husband has almost the exact same situation. Age states and all.

  3. Thanks Jim. We surprised ourselves with the first album, so we did a second one. We are releasing it 6/30/17 at the HiFi. The reviews so far are amazing! www.itsjustcraig.com Skope Mag: It’s Just Craig offers a warm intimacy with the tender folk of “Dark Corners”. Rather lovely in execution, It’s Just Craig opts for a full, rich sound. Quite ornate instrumentally, the songs unfurl with such grace and style. Everything about the album feels real and fully lived. By far the highlight of the album are the soft smooth reassuring vocals whose highly articulate lyrics have a dreamy quality to them. Stories emerge out of these small snapshots of reflective moments.... A wide variety of styles are utilized, with folk anchoring it but allowing for chamber pop, soundtrack work, and found electronics filtering their way into the mix. Without a word, It’s Just Craig sets the tone of the album with the warble of “Intro”. From there things get truly started with the hush of “Go”. Building up into a great structure, “Go” has a kindness to it. Organs glisten in the distance on the fragile textures of “Alone” whose light melody adds to the song’s gorgeousness. A wonderful bloom of color defines the spaciousness of “Captain”. Infectious grooves take hold on the otherworldly origins of “Goodnight” with precise drum work giving the song a jazzy feeling. Hazy to its very core is the tragedy of “Leaving Now”. By far the highlight of the album comes with the closing impassioned “Thirty-Nine” where many layers of sound work together possessing a poetic quality.

  4. Andrew, if what you report is true, then it certainly is newsworthy. If what you report is false, then it certainly is newsworthy. Any journalists reading along??? And that same Coordinator blew me up real good as well, even destroying evidence to get the ordered wetwork done. There is a story here, if any have the moxie to go for it. Search ADA here for just some of my experiences with the court's junk yard dog. https://www.scribd.com/document/299040062/Brown-ind-Bar-memo-Pet-cert Yep, drive by shootings. The lawyers of the Old Dominion got that right. Career executions lacking any real semblance of due process. It is the ISC way ... under the bad shepard's leadership ... and a compliant, silent, boot-licking fifth estate.

  5. Journalism may just be asleep. I pray this editorial is more than just a passing toss and turn. Indiana's old boy system of ruling over attorneys is cultish. Unmask them oh guardians of democracy.

ADVERTISEMENT