Duquesne University has been included in the inaugural Super Lawyers U.S. Law School Rankings. The School of Law ranked 100 out of 180 schools on the list.
“The 2010 Super Lawyers U.S. Law School Rankings is unique in that it ranks law schools based on the number of graduates who are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers across the country,” said Bill White, publisher of Super Lawyers magazine. “Only five percent of the lawyers in each state are selected to Super Lawyers lists.”
Law schools were evaluated according to the total number of graduates named to the state and regional Super Lawyers lists in 2009. Candidates for Super Lawyers are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.
“We’ve been rating lawyers for nearly 20 years. This puts us in a unique position to shed light on how well schools fulfill the ultimate mission of producing great lawyers,” said White. “Our approach is simple. We take a snapshot of the top lawyers in the country and ask, ‘What schools produced these lawyers?’ Then we report the results. Our rankings fill an informational gap. It throws a new and unique indicator of quality into the mix.”
The Duquesne University School of Law had nearly 170 alumni named to the 2009 Super Lawyers list. Eighty-eight percent of the school’s most recent graduating class pass the Pennsylvania Bar Examination, making it the fourth consecutive year that Duquesne placed above the statewide average for the bar pass rate for both first-time takers and total number of takers. Duquesne’s Legal Research & Writing Program is ranked No. 17 in the nation for U.S. News and World Report’s issue of America’s Best Law Schools 2010. In addition, the school is included among National Jurist magazine’s best value law schools.