Duquesne Law rises again in the national rankings

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

High bar pass rate and strong admission standards part of rankings news

 For the fifth time in six years, Duquesne University School of Law has risen in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. The 2019 Best Graduate Programs – Best Law Schools released March 20, 2018, shows Duquesne Law moving up eight slots since last year. 

For 2019, the national publication lists Duquesne Law at 119, up eight positions from 2018, when it ranked 127. U.S. News & World Report bases its annual rankings on a number of factors, including reputation among law schools. Duquesne Law’s outstanding bar passage rate and solid admission standards are among the strengths reflected in the publication’s statistics. Duquesne Law’s entering LSAT and GPA scores have held steady for the last five years. In contrast, incoming LSAT and GPA scores have been dropping for law schools across the country. 

Duquesne’s first-time pass rate on the Pennsylvania bar exam is substantially higher than the statewide average. Duquesne graduates posted a 90.74 percent first-time pass rate on the July 2017 Pennsylvania bar exam and 91.96 percent on the July 2016 exam. As of the July 2017 bar, Duquesne has surpassed the statewide first-time pass rate average for 11 of the last 12 years. 

U.S. News & World Report's 2019 publication lists Duquesne’s legal writing program among the top 25 in the country (at no. 22) in law school specialty categories. Similarly, the publication ranks the law school’s part-time J.D. among the top 50 in the nation (at no. 46). 

“Our academic programs, bar passage rates, and admission statistics reflect Duquesne Law’s commitment to excellence,” says Dean Maureen Lally-Green. “With the support of Ken Gormley, Duquesne’s president and  former law dean, and our academic leaders, we continue to pursue the highest standards. This means, for instance, that we do not lower criteria for admission, as some other law schools do, in order to accept more students. 

“Our network of 7,800 law alumni shares in the success of all that we do here,” she added. “They know that we are committed to educating the whole person. Future lawyers choose this law school because they know they will be receiving a rigorous, values-based education that will prepare them for the practice of law and give them the tools to make a positive impact on in the lives of others.”

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Photo of The Honorable Maureen Lally-Green, J.D. The Hon. Maureen Lally-Green, J.D.Dean and Professor of Law