In the 2011 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” released on April 15, U.S. News & World Report ranked Fordham Law no. 34 among 188 accredited U.S. law schools. The school’s evening program, which has a distinguished 99-year history, was again ranked no. 3 out of 84 such programs across the country.
The trend over time for the law school in terms of the U.S. News ranking’s objective and subjective measures of excellence, has been positive. The student-quality data (GPA, LSAT scores, acceptance rate) that U.S. News analyzes was even stronger this year than last year.
In the 2011 edition, Fordham Law remained among the country’s most diverse law schools, and several specialty programs were nationally ranked:
• Dispute Resolution: No. 8
• Clinical Training: No. 13
• Intellectual Property Law: No. 15
U.S. News altered its method for calculating the law school rankings last year by combining admissions data—a major factor used in the rankings—for day and evening programs. This year, the magazine modified its methodology for the evening program rankings to use a different formula for peer assessment and to incorporate factors such as selectivity and an index of “part-time focus.”