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April 16, 2010

The USF School of Law ranks among the top 100 law schools in the United States, according to the 2011 U.S. News and World Report rankings of law schools released April 16.

The law school ranks 98th overall in the survey and is ranked the 15th most diverse law school in the nation, with nearly 40 percent students of color. The rankings news comes on the heels of high bar pass rate numbers and a record number of applications for next year's entering class.

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Dean Jeffrey Brand said that while he is pleased to see the law school included in the top 100, the school's rigorous academic program and the inspiring work of students and faculty remain the most important measure of the USF School of Law. "Our school is filled with bright students with LSAT numbers that rank among the top third of the law schools in the country," Brand said. "Our bar pass rate has exceeded 80 percent three years in a row. This summer students will work overseas in 10 countries on projects ranging from war crimes to issues affecting affect quake survivors in Port Au Prince. Some will be in the South working with death row inmates. Others will assist communities closer to home, striving to provide those in the Bay Area with equal access to legal services and justice.

"We have recently hired four great faculty–lateral hires from highly regarded schools, among them a new chair in Tax Law generously funded by the E.L. Wiegand Foundation. We have alumni who care about us and support us because of the quality education we provide and the good works that we do. These are the kinds of things that really make me proud. Yes, the rankings news is good, but context is everything," Brand said.