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BC Law Moves to 26 in US News Rankings

3/28/08-- Boston College Law School has moved up to 26th in the 2008 US News and World Report rankings, released today.

3/28/08-- Boston College Law School has moved up to 26th in the 2008 US News and World Report rankings, released today.  BC Law was also ranked #7 in the Legal Writing specialty list, and appeared on the Most Diverse Law Schools List.

On newsstands now, the report ranks ABA-accredited law schools, taking into account a number of measures, including reputation, student selectivity, placement success, and faculty resources.

"I'm very happy about our move up in the rankings this year," said BC Law Dean John Garvey.  "This is due to the overall strength of our students, faculty, and staff, and to the initial effects of a number of measures we have taken to improve the School.   Our strategic plan is designed with one thought in mind – to make Boston College a better law school.  If we focus on that goal, continued improvement in both US News and other rankings systems will surely follow."

Law School recently launched its LL.M. program, which has brought increased attention to the School.  The strategic plan also calls for the addition of 10 new faculty, and the School is currently undergoing a restructuring of its alumni association to increase alumni participation, improve support structures for alumni and students, help with admissions and career services, and assist in fundraising efforts.

US News uses a weighted average to determine each school's final placement. A school's score on each indicator was standardized. Then scores were weighted, totaled, and re-scaled so that the top school received 100 and other schools received a percentage of the top score. BC Law received an overall score of 61.

The full rankings for graduate schools is available online at http://www.usnews.com.