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U.S. News & World Report: FSU law school better than UF

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Florida State University’s law school continues to move up in national rankings and is listed among the best graduate and professional programs in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”

The College of Law was ranked 45th, up from No. 48 last year, and is now the highest ranked law school in the state. Its environmental law program is ranked the nation’s 14th best.

The jump in rankings for the College of Law is, in large part, a result of the school’s extremely strong employment rates. Florida State is Florida’s No. 1 law school, and the nation’s 39th best, in terms of the percentage of 2012 graduates employed nine months after graduation in full-time, long-term, bar passage-required or J.D.-advantage jobs, according to the U.S. News data. Among public law schools, Florida State is the nation’s 18th best in terms of that metric.

“We are thrilled that U.S. News has rated us the No. 1 law school in Florida,” said College of Law Dean Don Weidner. “The student success at getting jobs shows the value of a degree from Florida State.”