KU ranked No. 18 among ‘best value’ law schools by National Jurist magazine

Thursday, August 14, 2014

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law is the No. 18 “best value” law school in the nation, according to National Jurist magazine.

The ranking highlights affordable law schools whose graduates perform exceptionally well on the bar exam and have had real success finding legal jobs. National Jurist ranked the top 20 schools and assigned a letter grade to the other 33 honorees.

“We are proud of this ranking because it reflects our broader definition of value – one that goes beyond our affordable tuition to consider how well our graduates are prepared to excel in their careers,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school.

KU was one of only four schools on the “best value” list to also appear in the top 25 percent of law schools whose 2013 graduates were hired by the nation’s largest law firms, according to a ranking published in February by the National Law Journal.

“Employers know that a KU Law degree is synonymous with in-depth training and a strong work ethic,” Mazza said. “We also have reduced our class size to better reflect job opportunities in a recovering legal market and launched innovative career placement programs that we hope will only improve our students’ employment success.”

For example, seven students spent two days interviewing and networking in Dallas this week through the law school’s new Traveling “On-Campus” Interview Program, an initiative that allows students to interview with employers in select cities and have all of their expenses underwritten by the law school.

“While on-campus interviews will always be important, new and innovative efforts like the Traveling OCI Program ensure our students have direct access to top employers in some of the most dynamic legal markets across the country,” said Arturo Thompson, assistant dean of career services, who accompanied the students in Dallas. “As we expand the program to new cities, it will place our students on a level playing field with schools in Texas, Colorado and the Washington, D.C., region.”

National Jurist gives employment success the greatest weight in the “best value” rankings. The magazine also looks at a number of other academic and financial variables, including price of tuition, student debt accumulation, bar passage rate and cost of living.

KU law tuition for the 2013-14 academic year for a first-year Kansas resident was $19,623.

See the complete list of honorees and learn more about the ranking methodology

Law among KU graduate programs posting big gains in U.S. News rankings

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

LAWRENCE – University of Kansas graduate programs posted big gains in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.”

Every ranked specialty in the School of Engineering rose, including aerospace engineering, which is now the top-ranked aerospace program in Kansas. The School of Medicine jumped 15 spots overall in both primary care and research, while the schools of Law and Business also posted double-digit overall gains.

The School of Education’s special education program maintained its top spot among public university programs, and the school itself also rose five places into the top 10 among public university programs. Meanwhile, the School of Public Affairs and Administration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences holds the top overall ranking in city management and urban policy.

“Our mission as Kansas’ flagship university is to educate the leaders and professionals the state needs to grow and prosper. Raising the quality and stature of our graduate programs is key to that mission, and is also central to achieving the university’s bold aspirations,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said.

“Of course, rankings are just one measure, and our ultimate success will be judged by how well we serve the people of Kansas. These rankings show that we’re on the right track, especially in disciplines vital to the future of the state,” she continued.

In the latest rankings, KU has 10 programs ranked in the top 10 among public universities and 43 ranked among the top 50.

KU graduate programs ranked in the top 50 nationally among public universities:

1.      City Management & Urban Policy
1.      Special Education
2.      Occupational Therapy
3.      Public Management Administration
4.      Public Affairs
5.      Clinical Child Psychology
6.      Speech-Language-Pathology
7.      Audiology
9.      Physical Therapy
10.    School of Education
12.    Medicine - Family Medicine
12.    Nursing-Midwifery
12.    Public Finance & Budgeting
15.    Printmaking
15.    Social Work
17.    Clinical Psychology
17.    Medicine - Primary Care
20.    Pharmacy
21.    Nursing-Anesthesia
22.    Healthcare Management
23.    Psychology
24.    Nursing
27.    Aerospace Engineering
27.    History
31.    Political Science
32.    Medicine – Research
36.    Electrical Engineering
36.    English
37.    Chemical Engineering
37.    Earth Sciences – Geology
37.    School of Law
38.    Biological Sciences (see: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular Biosciences)
38.    Computer Engineering
38.    Fine Arts
41.    Mathematics
42.    Civil Engineering
42.    Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
43.    Sociology
44.    Chemistry
44.    Mechanical Engineering
45.    Economics
47.    School of Business
49.    Part-time MBA

Additionally, in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of online programs, KU’s nursing master’s degree program ranks 17th among public university programs.

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