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St. John's School of Law Jumps Eight Spots in National Rankings

Monday, March 21, 2016

Consistently strong student outcomes and high New York bar examination pass rates have propelled St. John’s School of Law to a ranking of number 74 nationwide on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of America’s best law schools.

In addition, the Law School ranks number four among the New York City-based institutions on the list, and number five among law schools in New York State.

“St. John’s Law is moving forward in a transformative way,” said Michael A. Simons, Dean and John V. Brennan Professor of Law and Ethics, School of Law. “Law school is a big investment, so outcomes matter, and I’m proud that we have one of the highest employment rates in New York City and a consistently high bar passage rate.”

The graduating class of 2014 had a 90 percent overall employment rate, and the rate for the class of 2015 is trending upward from that number. For more than 10 years, St. John’s Law graduates have exceeded the New York average for state bar passage. The School also ranks within the top 50 among all law schools nationwide for placing graduates in the 100 biggest law firms.

A key to student success is the support offered through the School’s Career Development Office, where counselors help identify career paths and suggest related course work and activities. Complementing this approach is a curriculum that focuses on various career trajectories. Students build on their required foundational courses with advanced classes on drafting, bankruptcy practice, patent application preparation and prosecution, pre-trial advocacy, business planning, social media law, and e-discovery, among other offerings.

“Our goal continues to be a simple one,” Simons said. “Attract the best students, and give them an outstanding legal education that enables them to pass the bar and get a rewarding job. Our graduates pursue a diverse array of careers—from public service to private business and big law.”