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April 28, 2009

Touting a bar pass rate of nearly 88 percent and a student body that is among the most diverse in the nation, the USF School of Law is listed as one of the top 100 law schools in the new 2010 U.S. News and World Report rankings.

The USF School of Law jumped 14 spots to No. 98 in the survey, and, with nearly 40 percent students of color, USF placed 14th in the survey's separate diversity rankings. In addition, USF's part-time JD program ranked 28th out of 86 schools in the survey's first rankings of part-time programs. USF's average LSAT score ranked 13th among all part-time programs.

The Class of 2008 87.4 percent pass rate on the California Bar Exam exceeded the statewide average of 83 percent for first-time takers from American Bar Association accredited law schools in California. It was the sixth highest pass rate of all law schools in California.

Brand said that while he is pleased to see the law school back in the second tier, the students and faculty at USF are his true sources of pride.

"What makes me most proud is that we have consistently kept and continue to keep our focus on academic excellence and training the finest ethical professionals. The caliber of our students is impressive. LSAT scores for our full- and part-time students combined rank among the top third of law schools in the country, while our bar pass rate is among the highest in the state," Brand said. "This summer students will be working in 11 countries on projects ranging from war crimes to issues affecting Haitian refugees in the Dominican Republic. Some will be in the South working with death row inmates while others will assist communities closer to home, providing those in the Bay Area with equal access to services and justice. We have hired four great faculty for next year and have alumni who support us unwaveringly. These are the kinds of things that make me truly proud.