UH Law Center earns top grades in National Jurist ‘Best Value’ and ‘Big Law’ survey

Oct. 7, 2015 – The University of Houston Law Center scored an A- and has been named one of the Best Value law schools in the nation based on rankings compiled by the National Jurist magazine.

The publication also identified the Law Center as the best value in its geographical area based on a survey of law schools in each of the country’s major metropolitan regions.

UH Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes said, “I am excited about this recognition. It evidences the power of the UHLC legal education in that we provide students with excellent learning and exemplary professional outcomes.”   

The survey weighed a number of factors to determine which graduates have an excellent chance to pass the bar and land a job without racking up a ton of debt. The formula included bar passage rates, employment rates, in-state tuition, cost of living, and average indebtedness at graduation.

The magazine also ranked schools on how many of their graduates went to work for “Big Law,” firms with more than 100 lawyers, and “Small Law,” firms with 2 to 100 lawyers. It also took into account the number of graduates who are partners in the National Law Journal’s list of the nation’s 250 biggest law firms.

UHLC ranked 35th with 16.4 percent of the Class of 2014 working for big firms and 19th with 35.9 percent of that class working for smaller firms. Based on 2011 data, 1.2 percent of Law Center graduates were partners in top 250 firms.

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