Twenty-two institutions made the 2014 private law school rankings, and 53 were on the overall list. The School of Law also was a Best Value Law School in 2010 and 2012. There was not a separate list for private schools in the seven previous years this honor had been given.
The September issue of The National Jurist and the Back to School issue of preLaw Magazine will publish the rankings in order and award each school a grade of A, A- or B+. The methodology for the rankings is based on several academic and financial variables, including tuition cost, student debt accumulation, employment rate, bar passage rate and cost of living. Employment success – an area in which St. Mary’s traditionally shines – is weighted most heavily at 35 percent.
St. Mary’s University repeatedly has been nationally recognized for its commitment to service and community engagement. The Carnegie Foundation has given St. Mary’s its prestigious Community Engagement Classification, and St. Mary’s has received the Presidential Award from the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for service in higher education. St. Mary’s University is a Catholic and Marianist university with a tradition of academic excellence.