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Joseph F. Rice School of Law

SC Law jumps 24 places in U.S. News and World Report ranking

The University of South Carolina School of Law made a 24-point jump in U.S. News and World Report’s 2024 Best Law School rankings. The school now stands No. 60 overall, and No. 32 among public law schools.  

“I’m delighted to see our efforts being acknowledged on a national level,” says law school Dean William Hubbard. “The School of Law has outstanding faculty, staff, students, and alumni and it’s encouraging to know our hard work is being recognized.” 

Ranking by the numbers 

  • The School of Law ranks No. 60 overall 
  • No. 32 of public law schools 
  • No. 4 of public law schools for trial advocacy  
  • No. 13 of public law schools for clinical program 

Why it matters 

The USNWR is an annual set of rankings that was first published in 1983 and has been described as the most influential institutional ranking in the country. 

The breakdown 

USNWR recently changed their ranking metrics to reflect the value placed on outcome, including evaluation of graduates' placement success and bar passage rates. South Carolina Law is one of just a handful of schools in the top 100 that saw such a large jump in the rankings. 

What they’re saying 

“Our ranking reflects South Carolina Law’s heritage of preparing its students for success in the legal job market,” says Karen Britton, vice dean for admissions, career & professional development, and student affairs. “This recognition builds on its traditional strengths of selecting talented and diverse students and supporting their development as lawyer leaders.” 

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