In addition to bar passage, the magazine’s rankings take into account in-state tuition, debt and the percent of graduates employed nine months after getting their degree. The top 20 list is featured in the October issue of the magazine and is dominated by public law schools, including the top five schools on the list. It’s the sixth time since 2004 that The National Jurist, a magazine published for law students, has honored law schools for providing a good value.

“Being ranked as a ‘best value’ is further evidence that our faculty and administration is committed to ensuring that our students are receiving an affordable and reputable legal education that will prepare them for a successful career after law school,” said Thomas Geu, dean of the USD School of Law.

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. A complete listing of “Best Value” law schools and additional information about the rankings can be found at

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