Duquesne University announced this week that its law school was among six private law schools named to The National Jurist 2015 Best Value Law Schools list. This marks the first time that Duquesne has been named to the overall Best Value list. Last year it ranked in the magazine's list for top private law schools.
“This is a tremendous honor,” law school Dean Ken Gormley said in the release. “Duquesne law school is now one of only six law schools in the United States to be recognized as a ‘Best Value’ not only among private institutions, but among all law schools in the country.”
For its methodology, The National Jurist said it considered various academic and financial variables, including the law school’s tuition, student debt accumulation, employment success, bar passage rate and cost of living. This Best Value list, which recognizes 53 law schools, includes the most private law schools to date. Ranking with Duquesne for the first time were Notre Dame Law School, Boston College, Baylor University and Ohio Northern University.
“We’ve worked hard to give our students an outstanding legal education at an affordable cost,” said Gormley. “The Duquesne administration has gone the extra mile by providing more scholarship dollars for our students than ever before and by supporting our vision of rebuilding the academic program.”
In addition to the Best Value rankings, the university's announcement noted the law school is listed among the top-tier law schools by U.S. News & World Report, which also ranked Duquesne’s Legal Research and Writing program No. 12 and its part-time law program at No. 48 in the country.
“We are proud and grateful for this national recognition,” said Gormley. “It confirms that Duquesne Law School is truly on the rise.”
The National Jurist, a national magazine for law school students, reported this is the eighth time it has researched and published the rankings.