Thursday, April 10, 2008

U.S. News Ranks The University of Alabama School of Law 11th Among Public Law Schools, 32nd Overall

U.S. News & World ReportThe Blot doesn’t usually like to talk about his personal life on The Blot Says…, but I felt like I could make an exception for this one. The 2009 U.S News and World Report Law School Rankings came out today in the magazine’s “Best Graduate Schools” edition and my alma mater, The University of Alabama School of Law, was ranked 32nd in the country and 11th among public law schools. 32nd is the school’s highest ranking in the top tier (i.e. top 50 law schools) after having been “ranked among the top 50 law schools for 10 consecutive years.” (link) The University of Alabama is currently tied in 32nd place with Ohio State University, The University of Colorado – Boulder and The University of Georgia.

The University of Alabama School of LawThis year’s ranking “is the highest ever for the UA Law School, eclipsing last year’s mark of 15th among public law schools and 36th among all law schools.” (link) A particularly interesting statistic found on the Univ. of Alabama School of Law’s website is that “the UA Law School’s bar passage rate during the period surveyed was 97.2 percent, well above the state average of 79 percent. Additionally, some 96.5 percent of 2006 UA Law graduates were employed within nine months of graduation.” (link) The 97.2% bar passage rate statistic alone is really staggering.

The University of AlabamaI’m really only publicizing this because I usually feel like the University of Alabama School of Law is highly overlooked nationally. Many attorneys around the country have either only heard of the university because of its football program or just assume the law school falls under the same types of stereotypes as the state. In reality the Alabama law school is a shining beacon in the state and one of the best things going on in my home state of Alabama. Not only that, but the law school is continually ranked the #1 or #2 best law school for the money/price by many publications.

Alabama Crimson Tide
Anyway, I just wanted to congratulate The University of Alabama School of Law on another great year and for their continued effort in making the law school one of the best in the nation. I will now get off my soapbox and return you to The Blot Says…’ regularly schedule content.
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