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News Posted on March 16, 2016

UC Davis School of Law Rises Again in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

For the third straight year, UC Davis School of Law's standing in the U.S. News & World Report rankings improved as King Hall rose to 30th among the more than 200 American Bar Association-approved law schools rated.  The rankings, which appear in the recently released 2017 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools," represent an additional confirmation of King Hall's high and rising status among the nation's best law schools.

"It is always gratifying when prominent national surveys affirm UC Davis School of Law's standing among our nation's elite law schools," said Dean Kevin R. Johnson.  "Although no ranking system is perfect, and we believe King Hall deserves to be rated even more highly, our faculty and students can take pride in knowing that they are being recognized on a national and international level as being among the very best."

King Hall's placement at 30 represents a rise of one slot over last year and a rise of six slots over the past two years.  Although many factors have contributed to the School of Law's ascendance, one important component in the upsurge has been rising employment numbers among recent graduates.  According to figures reported to the American Bar Association and published in the U.S. News rankings, 82.2 percent of Class of 2014 graduates attained full-time legal employment within 10 months of graduation--a gain of 8.7 percent over the previous year.

King Hall also scored gains in the average LSAT score of its entering class as well as an improved acceptance rate--indications that despite a downswing in law school applications nationwide, UC Davis School of Law continues to draw robust interest from top students.

UC Davis School of Law also performed well in the U.S. News "Law School Diversity Index," placing at 21 in rankings based on the total proportion of minority J.D. students. Additionally, UC Davis School of Law ranked first in the U.S. News assessment of "Generosity of Financial Aid" at public law schools. For the second straight year, no public law school offered a higher median grant amount than King Hall.

Dean Johnson said that while many factors may cause a law school's ranking to fluctuate from year to year, UC Davis School of Law's consistent placement near the top of surveys such as the U.S. News rankings is an impressive testament to the tradition of excellence that has been established over the course of 50 years at King Hall.

"Even the best rankings are really only a snapshot in time, and it's important to look at the longer track record," said Johnson.  "King Hall's faculty and students consistently rank among the best, and recent years have seen a growing national and international recognition of their excellence.  We are pleased once again to be ranked among the top 30 American law schools, and we look forward to even greater things in the years ahead."