Mackenzie A. Dilbeck
NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma College of Law jumped seven spots in the latest U.S. News & World Report 2017 Ranking of Best Law Schools to #60. The ranking once again reflects the OU College of Law as Oklahoma’s top law school.
“Our College of Law continues to be recognized as one of the top law schools in the country,” said OU President David L. Boren. “I predict that its ranking will continue to rise in the future. Our faculty, under the leadership of Dean Harroz, has never been stronger, and even as law school applications decline nationally, we have maintained very high standards for the student body.”
In combination with OU Law’s status as a Top 20 Best Value Law School, and as the No. 7 Moot Court Program in the country, the latest ranking from U.S. News and World Report demonstrates the OU College of Law is one of the nation’s leading public law schools.
“At OU Law, we are committed to our students and providing them with a first-class legal education,” said OU Law Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. “We have taken great strides to lead and adapt in a time of historic change for law schools, and this recognition is just one more example of the good work our faculty and students are doing. While this latest ranking recognizes the exciting things happening at OU Law, we are careful to not place too much focus on any one accolade. Nevertheless, we are encouraged and honored OU Law continues to garner national attention year after year.”
One of the many criteria considered by U.S. News & World Report is a school’s bar passage rate. This past summer, OU Law graduates achieved a 90 percent first-time pass rate on the Oklahoma Bar Exam, far surpassing the statewide average of 74 percent.
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