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2013 Press Releases

Florida State Ranked Nation's 48th Best Law School by U.S. News & World Report

Mar 01, 2013

Don Weidner

Dean Don Weidner

TALLAHASSEE — U.S. News & World Report has ranked Florida State University College of Law the nation’s 48thbest overall and 25th best public law school. This is another new high for Florida State as the school continues its climb in national rankings.

The jump in rankings is, in large part, a result of the school’s extremely strong employment rates. According to the U.S. News data, Florida State is the nation’s 23rdbest, and Florida’s best, law school in terms of the percentage of 2011 graduates employed nine months after graduation in full-time, long-term, Bar admission-required or J.D.-preferred jobs. The numbers make Florida State the nation’s 9th best public law school. Last summer, the Wall Street Journal reported that Florida State was the nation’s 25th best, and Florida’s best, law school in terms of placing its new graduates in jobs that require J.D. degrees. The Journal ranking was soon followed by a Law School Transparency ranking that gave Florida State the nation’s 26th best, and Florida’s best, overall employment score.

“We are thrilled that yet another ranking system testifies to our success at job placement,” said Dean Don Weidner. “It is wonderful that the marketplace is embracing our extremely talented students.”

U.S. News also ranks Florida State’s environmental law program the nation’s 16th best overall and 7th best among public law schools.

March 2013