MSU College of Law News

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April 8, 2010

CONTACT: ERIKA MARZORATI
517/432-6848, marzorat@law.msu.edu

MSU Law Recognized in Online Rankings

East Lansing, MI – The Michigan State University College of Law was recently recognized in a series of national online rankings, each measuring a distinct law school quality indicator.

The MSU College of Law Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program (IPCLP) placed in the top 25 in the Mitchell Report on IP Curricula "overall points" category. MSU Law appeared at number 17 out of 198 American Bar Association-approved law schools across the United States; seven schools tied for the spot. The William Mitchell College of Law Intellectual Property Institute report ranks IP programs based on breadth of core course offerings.

MSU Law moot court team successes were highlighted by another annual ranking that placed MSU Law 10th in the country among 124 law school appellate advocacy programs. The latest Law School Advocacy online rankings are based on competition performance during the 2009 calendar year. A team earns points for each "top finish" as a semifinalist, finalist, or winner at a competition, with points awarded based on the number of participating teams. This was the second time MSU Law was listed in the top 10 in the Law School Advocacy rankings, which began just three years ago.

The Michigan State Law Review continued its impressive ascent this year in the law journal rankings by Washington & Lee University School of Law, the leading source for data on legal periodicals. The current W&L Law report, which was released in February, placed the Law Review 62nd out of 250 ranked flagship journals, marking a 100-point rise over just five years. The Law Review also jumped 14 spots in the broader category of student-edited journals—which includes those covering specialty subjects—placing 95th in the field of 575. The W&L Law ranking system is based on the average annual number of citations to the journal's articles, and the total citations to the journal in the preceding eight years.

Michigan State University College of Law is a leading institution of legal education with a long history of creating practice-ready attorneys. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent Law College, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum rigorous and challenging, and its facility equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.

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