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Three UH Law Center specialty programs make Top 10 in U.S. News 2024 rankings


Ten University of Houston Law Center specialty programs are ranked among the Top 50 in the nation in 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report

May 12, 2023 — Several University of Houston Law Center specialty programs are among the best in the nation, according to results of the 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report annual list of Best Law Schools released this week.

This year, 10 UHLC specialty programs are among the Top 50 in the nation, including three in the Top 10 nationwide, and five ranked No. 1 in Texas. The Law Center’s overall ranking is No. 60.

“I am delighted that the UH Law Center has once again achieved three Top 10 specialty rankings nationwide for our remarkable intellectual property law, health law and part-time programs,” said UH Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “The Law Center leads among schools Texas in those three areas, as well as in legal writing and environmental law.”

“It is important to point out that the methodology of the U.S. News & World Report, Best Law School rankings has been criticized resulting in a boycott by 63 law schools, comprising almost 1/3 of all law schools. In addition, this year’s rankings involved a significantly revamped methodology, multiple publication delays, and significantly revised rankings after initial circulation of the embargoed rankings. Despite this tumult, law school rankings have and will likely persist because US News continues to rank all law schools (including those who are boycotting) with publicly available data. US News is now working with law school deans and other stakeholders to try to address the criticism. These rankings reflect the new, adjusted methodology.”

Top 50 Nationally Ranked UHLC Programs are:

  • Part-Time Program (No. 6)
  • Intellectual Property Law (No. 6)
  • Health Care Law (No. 9)
  • Legal Writing (No. 21, a 41-point increase from 2023)
  • Trial Advocacy (No. 24)
  • Environmental Law (No. 26)
  • Tax Law (No. 44)
  • Business/Corporate Law (No. 47)
  • Contracts/Commercial Law (No. 47, a 12-point increase from 2023)
  • Criminal Law (No. 50, a 16-point increase from 2023)

#1 Ranked UHLC Programs in Texas are:

  • Part-Time Program
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Legal Writing
  • Environmental Law

U.S. News Law School Rankings methodology has changed to “reflect the insights and input of more than 100 law school deans as well as other experts in the legal field across the country.” For instance, this year more weight was placed on bar passage rate and employment 10 months after graduation while less was applied to median LSAT/GRE/GPA scores.


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