Two Magazines Rank UA Law School Among Best Values in U.S.
Akron, Ohio, March 18, 2004 — The University of Akron's School of Law again has been cited as offering one of the best values for juris doctor programs in the nation.
Both National Jurist magazine and Prelaw magazine gave UA's law program an “excellent value” rating of 2.7 on a 3.0-point scale — recognizing it as one of the two top public school programs in the United States.
The magazines published their rankings in their most recent issues. The UA School of Law, which was rated as the magazines' “best value” in 2002, took second place in the United States this year, behind the University of Alabama, which had a rating of 2.8.
The magazines considered six factors in grading law schools for value, using the latest complete set of American Bar Association data available. On the 3.0-point scale, the comparisons considered tuition, bar pass rates, employment rates for graduates, median grants, clinic slots and faculty-student ratios.
The UA School of Law's high ranking is attributable to the quality of the law school's existing programs, and to its responses to the changing needs of students and the legal profession, according to Dean Richard L. Aynes.
“We always try to add value to the law degree through programs such as the New Business Law Clinic, which was cited by the magazines as an example of vital practical experience for students,” Aynes says.
Aynes notes that his school's alumni hold more than 133 positions as judges in U.S. federal courts, in 11 states, and in the District of Columbia, and that the school has consistently gained honors over the past 15 years from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) as offering one of the leading trial programs in the nation.
“The ‘excellent value' ratings by National Jurist and Prelaw magazines add to the history of distinction of The University of Akron and our School of Law,” says Dr. Luis M. Proenza, president of The University of Akron. “We believe that our continued commitment to each student's success will only serve to enhance that impressive reputation.”
The magazines also included Case Western Reserve University and Ohio State University in their rankings. Those schools earned “very good” scores of 2.4 in the private and public school categories, and were the only other Ohio law schools ranked.
The University of Akron School of Law is committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship, and offers joint degrees in business, taxation, public administration and human resource management. It also offers certificate programs in litigation and intellectual property. The UA School of Law has a strong program for the concentrated study of intellectual property and technology, devoting more full-time faculty to the area and offering more courses than any law school in a six-state region.
From its beginnings in 1921, the UA School of Law has provided access to legal education through evening programs, access to legal services for traditionally underrepresented populations, and service to the bench, the bar and the broader community through volunteer leadership and consultation.