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UH Law Center specialty programs earn Top 10 recognition in U.S. News

April 09, 2024 — University of Houston Law Center's intellectual property law, health care law, and part-time specialty programs rank in the Top 10 nationwide in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report of Best Law Schools. This year, nine UH Law specialty programs are among the Top 50 in the nation and two are rated No. 1 in Texas. UH Law Center’s overall ranking is No. 68.

“I am delighted that the UH Law Center has once again achieved three Top 10, national specialty rankings 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 law schools in the nation in those three areas, as well as in legal writing and trial advocacy ranked in the top 16, and environmental law ranked in the top 30.”

Like last year, a large number of law schools did not participate in the rankings. The prior methodology of the U.S. News & World Report, Best Law School rankings has been significantly criticized; last year, U.S. News radically changed its rankings methodology, and some metrics are based on up-to-four-year-old data. Despite these criticisms, law school rankings will persist; US News will continue to rank all law schools with publicly available data. At UH Law, we take these rankings seriously and continue to strive to improve the Law Center’s overall performance.”

Top Programs at UHLC:

  • Health Law (No. 7 nationwide, No.1 in Texas)
  • Intellectual Property Law (No. 8 nationwide)
  • Part-Time Program (No. 8 nationwide, No. 1 in Texas)
  • Trial Advocacy (No. 13 nationwide)
  • Legal Writing (No. 16 nationwide)
  • Environmental Law (No. 30 nationwide)
  • Tax Law (No. 32 nationwide)
  • International Law (No. 38 nationwide)
  • Dispute Resolution (No. 42 nationwide)

U.S. News Law School Rankings methodology has continued to change.  According to U.S. News, “this edition's ranking factor weights maintained changes U.S. News made the previous year” with “increased emphasis on outcome measures and reduced emphasis on reputation, resources, and selectivity.” U.S. News also noted that “there were a couple of differences in how the rankings were calculated.” For example, “U.S. News averaged its bar passage and employment indicators over two years. Also, the lawyers and judges assessment score had a second source of ratings besides names supplied by law schools.”

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