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Part-Time Program Ranked No. 11 in Annual U.S. News Rankings

ATLANTA — Georgia State University College of Law’s part-time program jumped three spaces to No. 11 in a three-school tie in U.S. News & World Report 2018 rankings, out of 79 accredited programs, in the annual graduate rankings released March 14. Overall, the college dropped from No. 57 to No. 65 in a seven-school tie, but remained at No. 30 for clinical training in a six-school tie.

“We are disappointed but still proud of our standing among the top one third of U.S. law schools and the high quality of the programs we offer our graduates,” said Steven J. Kaminshine, dean and professor of law. “We continue to focus on our strengths of being affordable, accessible and educating lawyers grounded in theory and practice.”

The college is tied with these six schools, Loyola Marymount University, Northeastern University, Pennsylvania State University at Carlisle, University of Kansas, University of Missouri and Yeshiva University. The part-time program is tied with Lewis & Clark College and University of Connecticut.

“The clinical training ranking demonstrates the excellent reputation of our clinicians, who are professionally engaged on a national and international level with the Association of American Law Schools, the Clinical Legal Education Association, and various other boards and organizations,” said Lisa Radkte Bliss, associate dean for experiential learning and clinical professor of law. “It is also recognition of our multi-layered experiential offerings that provide students practical learning, including our three in-house clinics, three external clinics, our recently revamped externship program, and multiple courses that offer opportunities to work with clients and community partners.”

The college’s experiential learning program is tied with Fordham University, Northeastern University, St. Louis University, Catholic University and University of St. Thomas.

Georgia State Law’s highly regarded Center for Law, Health & Society was ranked No. 7. This is the 11th consecutive year it has been named one of the top 10 health law programs by U.S. News, having been No. 3 in 2015.

In addition, Georgia State Law consistently has been ranked a best-value school by National Jurist and Pre-Law magazines, including an overall rank of No. 4 and being called the No. 1 best value in an urban setting.

U.S. News bases its law school rankings on 12 factors, including placement success: quality assessments from deans, lawyers and judges; median LSAT scores and undergraduate grade-point average of students entering in fall 2015; selectivity; bar passage rates; student-faculty ratio; library resources; financial aid; and faculty resources.

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