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Exciting News About Our New U.S. News Ranking

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Apr 15, 2010

Dear King Hall Community,

It is my pleasure to share with you some excellent news: UC Davis School of Law is ranked 28th in the latest U.S. News & World Report rating of ABA-approved law schools.  The ranking, published this week, marks a significant improvement over last year's placement at 35th, and a welcome return to the top 30 for our law school. 

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While we should not place undue emphasis on any particular rating, I believe that our rising standing in the U.S. News survey does reflect a trend of both actual improvement and ever-greater recognition from the rest of the world about the strengths of our school.  Taken together with University of Chicago law professor Brian Leiter's recent assessment of law faculty scholarly influence, which placed King Hall 23rd, the U.S. News rating makes it clear that the excellence achieved at King Hall is being noticed around the country.  Given that we are the youngest law school in the U.S. News top 30, with one of the youngest faculty of any top-echelon law school, I expect our status will only continue to rise in coming years.

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to King Hall's success!  I'm very proud of what we achieved, and look forward to even greater things in the years ahead.


Kevin R. Johnson