This week, the U.S. News released their annual ranking of law schools.
I am pleased that SIU was included in the list of Top Law Schools. It is an important recognition for our faculty, staff, alumni, and students who all contribute to the strength of our excellent, student-centered program. It will help our visibility among prospective law students and employers.
I understand that the methodology used for employment data was revised this year to give more weight to full-time jobs that require a J.D., or for which a J.D. is an advantage. Our graduates, many of whom work in small or mid-size firms, have continued to find employment in legal jobs, despite the changes in the legal market. I think that is, in part, due to SIU’s reputation for excellence in skills training and emphasis on the professional development of each student.
You can read more about changes in this year's rankings in the National Law Journal.