April 15, 2010
ATLANTA—Georgia State University College of Law continues to excel in the U.S. News and World Report's annual "America's Best Graduate Schools" rankings for 2011. Moving up from last year, the College of Law is now 60th best of 184 schools in the nation. That's up from 65th last year and 77th in the 2009 edition.
The College of Law's Center for Law, Health & Society, also ranks higher at 4th best in the nation, up from 6th last year. It is the only Georgia institution to make the list in this category and it's the fourth year in a row that U.S. News & World Report has ranked the health law program in the top 10.
Also in the report, the College of Law's part-time program ranked as No. 41, under new criteria of the 84 part-time law school programs that were judged. For the 2011 rankings, the publication incorporated rankings based on a 5.0 scale peer assessment survey, among the criteria.
"These rankings confirm that Georgia State Law continues to deliver on its promise to provide a great legal education to our students," Dean Steven J. Kaminshine said. "Our college is successful and growing in stature because of the strength of our students, the good work of our faculty and staff, the support of the University community, and the generosity of our friends. We are particularly pleased with the tremendous strides made by the Center for Law, Health & Society, which, under the direction of Professor Charity Scott, has become one of the top five health law programs in the country."
The Center for Law, Health & Society continues to be a hub of health law activity in the nation with its top notch faculty, fellows, students and academic professionals.
"The new ranking for our health law program reflects the continued national recognition of our superb faculty, their scholarship, and strong interdisciplinary curriculum and clinical programs," Scott said.
The GSU College of Law - which debuted 28 years ago - has steadily moved up in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. In less than five years, the College of Law has moved from No. 97 to 60–a nearly 40 percent jump.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings are available online and will be featured in the May issue, which hits newsstands on April 27.
To read more about the rankings, please visit: http://www.usnews.com/.
Renee DeGross Valdes, 404-413-1353