VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law is one of 60 law schools in the nation named to The National Jurist list of “Best Value” law schools of 2011.
The magazine’s ranking takes into account in-state tuition, debt and the percent of graduates employed nine months after graduation, in addition to bar passage. The list, which was released earlier this week, is dominated by public schools and it’s the fifth time since 2004 that the magazine has honored law schools for providing a good value.
Criteria used to identify the "Best Value" law schools, according to the magazine, were based on a two year average for both bar pass rate and percent of students employed, and it did not automatically exclude schools that did not meet the bar pass standard or a tuition or employment standard.
"The School of Law is doing its best to provide students a legal education with an emphasis on value," said Thomas Geu, dean of the USD School of Law. "And being listed as best value evidences that emphasis. It’s also a tribute to our faculty and their commitment to ensuring that our students have an opportunity to excel in the classroom and courtroom, preparing them for a successful career after college."
The complete list of “Best Value” law schools and additional information about the rankings can be found at www.nationaljurist.com/content/best-value-law-schools-2011-dominated-public-schools.