Tuesday, April 13, 2010

U.S. News 2010 Ranking of Legal Writing Programs

We have just received what seems to be the U.S. News & World Report's 2010 Rankings of Legal Writing Programs.  Click here.


Some people like these rankings, others not so much.  In a way it is actually crazy that we allow a magazine -- think about that for a second, a single magazine (!) -- to determine what is best about legal education in the United States.  Why don't other magazines jump in with their own lists?  It would be just as popular a feature and would dilute the power of the U.S. News Ranking.


Still, having said all of that, my school (The John Marshall Law School in Chicago) is still ranked in the top 10 legal writing programs so the methodology is obviously correct -- at least this year!


Who's first?  This year, Seattle and Mercer are tied for first.  (For those of you who don't know, Seattle was the traditional home of the Legal Writing Institute, which is now based out of Mercer.)   Stetson is third and has been doing a great job lately with its Legal Writing Webinars (and it doesn't hurt that the author of the ALWD Citation Manual is the dean of that school).  Indiana University is the home institution of the President-Elect of the Legal Writing Institute and it also hosted the very successful LWI Conference in 2008.

Here is a link to the 2010 Rankings for a number of programs, including Clinical Training, Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, International Law, Tax Law, and Trial Advocacy.

And here are what we think are the 2010 Rankings for Legal Writing Programs.

1.  Mercer University (George) Macon, GA

1.  Seattle University Seattle, WA

3.  Stetson University Gulfport, FL

4.  University of Nevada--Las Vegas (Boyd) Las Vegas, NV

5.  Indiana University--Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN

6.  The John Marshall Law School Chicago, IL

7.  University of Oregon Eugene, OR

8.  Temple University (Beasley) Philadelphia, PA

9.  Arizona State University (O’Connor)

9.  Ohio State University (Moritz)


Click here to see the full list of rankings for last year (2009).


Hat tip to Ralph Brill




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