June 23, 2008
McGeorge is ranked 16 th among American law schools in the quality of its international programs, according to the 2009 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools published by U.S. News & World Report.
It marks the third straight year that the law school has been ranked among the nation’s Top 20 in the International Law specialty category. The magazine’s ratings, released in April, also show McGeorge in the Top 100 tier (ranked No. 95) of ABA-accredited law schools.
“While the specialty rankings are not always present in the public consciousness, they are more indicative of the quality of our program, in that these rankings are made by experts in the field, as opposed to the overall rankings ‘beauty contest,’ ” said Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker. “It is also heartening to see the schools we’re keeping company with in these international rankings, especially Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA in the West.
“Also of importance to us, McGeorge is in the top quartile of law schools when measured by the diversity of its student body,” she added.
Dean Parker noted that although the law school is pleased to be recognized in the Top 100 for the fourth straight year, it is hesitant to place much value on the survey. “No survey can effectively evaluate which school might be the best for an individual student -- what the best learning environment would be, which skills programs are most beneficial, provide the most practical training, and send them out well-prepared for the profession,” she said. “Every ABA law school has something to offer an aspiring young attorney. I urge each law school applicant to visit as many law schools as possible and consider all of his or her options.”