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The University of Houston Law Center jumped nine spots to tie for 50th among 196 ABA accredited law schools included in the latest U.S. News & World Report survey. Our Health Law and Intellectual Property Law specialty programs maintained their Top 10 standing and are now joined by the school's part-time program, once again.

Health Law moved up to 2nd place from 8th while IPIL declined slightly from 6th to 8th. The school's part-time program moved up to a tie for 6th place from 11th in last year's survey.

The annual survey takes into account peer, judicial, and lawyer assessments, undergraduate GPAs, LSAT scores, the faculty/student ratio, bar passage, and the employment rate after graduation. Specialty programs are ranked by faculty teaching in the field.

The rankings evidence what we all know: UHLC is an outstanding law school with exceptional, well-credentialed, and well-published faculty members - who bring expertise to their scholarship and to the classroom. Our rankings are a testament to the quality and commitment of our students who rise to the challenge of a rigorous educational experience and use that newfound knowledge and skill to pass the bar and begin successful professional careers. Our strong standing also underscores the importance of our alumni and friends who use their talents in the classroom as adjunct professors, contribute funding for special programs, support students with scholarships, and hire graduates for that all-important first job.

The rankings are only one measure of the Law Center's success, however. More importantly, we are judged by our graduates who, empowered by their legal education, go on to do great things – finding justice for their clients by righting wrongs, solving social problems, helping to improve their communities, providing access to the courthouse for those in need, and helping to ensure equality for all.

As dean, I am excited about our strong rankings and especially the Law Center's return to the top 50. I am also proud of the underlying values and mission of the Law Center and the faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who work with students in developing them into outstanding attorneys who work to change the world.

Leonard M Baynes

Leonard M. Baynes
Dean & Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center