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U.S. News & World Report ranks law schools

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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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