Loyola noted for evening, tax and trial-advocacy programs by U.S. News & World Report

The Loyola Law School’s Evening Division Program was ranked No. 5 out of 83 part-time programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” making it the top-ranked part-time law program in the West for the second year in a row and the only California program in the top 10. The Law School was ranked No. 6 for Trial Advocacy and No. 14 for Tax Law. Its trial-advocacy program has been ranked in the top 10 for seven of the last nine years. And Loyola was ranked 13th on the Most Diverse Law Schools list. The Law School was ranked No. 87 out of 194 law schools overall.

“The overall ranking is a disappointment. It does not reflect the quality of Loyola Law School,” said Dean Victor Gold. “Loyola alumni are at the top of the legal profession, our students are well prepared, and our faculty include some of the top scholars in the country. This is a great law school.” 

Changes already underway at Loyola address key U.S. News ranking factors. While the current ranking is based on 2012 data for employment and bar passage, the 2013 data improved significantly. Loyola’s pass rate on the July 2013 California Bar Exam was 87 percent – the third highest among all California law schools. The employment rate for the class of 2013 nine months after graduation was six percentage points ahead of 2012. In addition, Loyola is in the second year of an initiative to reduce the size of the entering class in order to adjust to the job market and keep entering standards as high as possible.  

About the U.S. News rankings

The rankings include 194 American Bar Association-accredited law schools. U.S. News ranked the schools based on data collected in the fall of 2013 and early 2014. The rankings are based on a weighted average of a series of quality measures, including peer assessment score, assessment score by lawyers/judges, median LSAT scores, median undergrad GPA, acceptance rate, employment rates for graduates, bar-passage rate, expenditures per student, student/faculty ratio and library resources. The part-time rankings evaluate 83 law schools offering part-time programs and are based on a weighted average of four areas: quality assessment, selectivity, part-time focus and overall rank. Rankings of specialty areas are based on evaluations from professors in the field. The Diversity Index analyzed the total proportion of full- and part-time minority students at law schools. More information about the rankings is available at www.usnews.com.