Spring in Minnesota brings (slightly) warmer weather, potholes, and the latest U.S. News and World Report ranking. We can't do much about the first two, and there is a limit to how much we should care about the third. This year U.S. News ranked the Law School 20th; last year we were ranked 19th. We recognize these rankings are influential, so we prefer to go up rather than down. But we do not believe these rankings are valid indicators of academic quality or value. So, up or down, we prefer to rely on more meaningful indicators.
Such indicators include the quality of teaching, curricular innovation, faculty productivity and service, and the lifelong success of our graduates. Measured in those terms, the Law School is doing better than ever. Here are a few examples:
We are perhaps most proud of the contributions made by our alumni. We recognized a handful at our fall 125th anniversary banquet. We will recognize more in the months and years ahead.
For 125 years, we have been admitting great students and graduating great lawyers. With your help, we will continue to do so.
Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law