Hamline University made the greatest strides of any Minnesota law schools in this year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings.
Hamline climbed five slots, moving from 126 to 121. The year before it jumped 25 spots. The University of St. Thomas dropped five slots to 129 and William Mitchell dropped one slot to 135. The University of Minnesota also dropped once place, moving from the 19th best law school in the country to the 20th.
Hamline attributed its improving ranking, in part, to its focus on employment nine months after graduation for its students in JD or JD preferred positions.
The U.S. News rankings evaluate 194 law schools around the country. The rankings consider academic quality, peer assessment, assessment by practicing legal professionals, median LSAT scores, median undergraduate GPAs, acceptance rate, bar passage rate and student-faculty ratio, among other factors.