The S. J. Quinney College of Law has been ranked 37th nationally—and #17 among public law schools—in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings of best law schools, released this morning.
The new ranking is a six-spot jump from the college’s overall ranking last year—in fact, Utah Law’s increase was among the largest of the Top 40 schools.
“Our incredible ranking is an indication of the talent and ambition that define our community, and of our continued growth as a premier law school,” said Elizabeth Kronk Warner, dean of the College of Law. “It also reflects the University of Utah’s support for the college and President Taylor Randall’s visionary goals for the future of our university.”
The College of Law’s overall ranking was determined by several factors, including some exceptional highlights:
- #2 nationally for first-time bar passage rate—a position Utah Law occupies alongside Harvard, Yale and Minnesota.
- #2 nationally in lowest student-to-faculty ratio—a reflection of the individualized attention and excellent training our students receive from faculty members.
- #10 among Top 40 law schools for lowest average law school debt among graduates who had loans—part of our commitment to making legal education affordable and accessible.
- #19 nationally (#11 among public law schools) for percentage of graduates employed within 10 months of graduation, thanks in part to our exceptional Career Development Office.
- #22 nationally (#8 among public law schools) for median undergraduate GPA—an indication of our students’ drive to excel in law school and in their careers.
“Together with our overall ranking, these metrics are a tremendous accomplishment by our faculty, students, alumni and staff,” said Warner. “This is truly a collective achievement, and I thank the entire law school community for their hard work in making it a reality.”