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U of M, Mitchell, Hamline, UST all ranked

U.S. News Law School rankings are out

The annual U.S. News & World Report Best Law School Rankings are out, and it was a good year for the four Twin Cities schools: all of them were ranked in the first tier in this year’s report.

The University of Minnesota came in tied at the 19th spot. (In state tuition $36,820; out of state was $45,484) In 2012 the U of M also came in tied for 19th.

The University of St. Thomas moved up to a tie for 124. (Tuition $1,256 per credit) Last summer, the school reported an error in the data it provided to U.S. News for the employment figures for the class of 2010. That error did not affect this year’s rankings. In 2012 UST was tied for 119.

Hamline University had the biggest gain over last year and is tied at 126. Last year the school was not in the top tier of ranked schools.  (Tuition $36,396)

The William Mitchell College of Law was tied at 134, down from 127 last year. (Tuition $36,020)

This year the more emphasis was put on what school’s do to prepare their graduates for a job after graduating. In the past, the rankings counted graduates in any kind of job, but this year more weight was given to graduates who landed permanent full time jobs that required a J.D.

Conversely, graduates who had part-time or contract jobs, or jobs for which a law degree is not required, negatively affected a school’s ranking.

The full report is available here.



  1. Nice to see that St. Thomas has to hide the ball (like a few other schools reporting to USN&WR) with their tuition. Own up to it and report the cost per year. What law student (especially when the school only has full-time students) takes one or two credits?

    FWIW, it is $38,936 “based on an enrollment of 31 credit hours” according to http://www.stthomas.edu/law/admissions/faq/.

    Maybe if you present the info to John Q. Public in $/hour they will feel even better.

  2. As much as it is may seem a little asinine the report the cost per credit hour, there are some legitimate reasons for doing so. A lot of law schools, and universities in general, charge an upfront fee regardless of the amount of credits you take. The fact that UST charges by credit hour actually matters in a negative sense for students such as myself who take over 31 credits in an academic year. Also, if you take a J-term course this would matter. In a positive sense this matters for students that don’t take 15-16 credits per semester as a 3L.

    Of course the real story is that not a single school, to my knowledge, will tell you how much interest will accrue on your student loans while you are still in law school. Pretty much all of the financial aid departments will not tell you that you will generally accrue around $10,000+ in interest on the grad plus loans from your first year of law school before you even begin to practice law.

  3. Another thing I’ve notice is that St. Thomas is pretty generous with aid. I don’t know any graduates who didn’t get some sort of aid/scholarship when they attended.

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