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U of M Law School Is Named a "Best Value" by preLaw Magazine University News
For release: October 1, 2010

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The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis has again been recognized by a national publication for being a “best value.”

The law school was ranked ninth by preLaw magazine on its list of 2010 Top 20 Best Value Law Schools. The list appears in the October issue of the magazine, which is produced by the National Jurist, a leading news source in the legal industry. Rankings are based on a recent survey by the American Bar Association.

To be named a best value, a program must have a bar passage rate higher than the state average of 81 percent, a strong employment rate nine months after graduation (at least 85 percent), an average per-student indebtedness below $100,000 and modest tuition (less than $35,000 a year for in-state students).

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law had a first-time bar passage rate of 93 percent on the July 2009 exam. The employment rate for 2009 graduates was 88 percent and the in-state tuition is $13,710. The average per-student indebtedness was $49,727.

“We are delighted to be recognized again as a law school that provides a ‘best buy’ for its students,” said Dean Kevin Smith.

The U of M was ranked fifth in the preLaw list in 2007 and has been in the top 20 since that year.

The magazine identified 60 schools meeting the criteria of affordable tuition and preparing their students well for today’s competitive job market. The Top 20 Best Value Law Schools are ranked in preLaw; the other 40 schools were assigned a letter grade.

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