The 2022 annual U.S. News and World Report rankings for law schools were recently released, and McGeorge made some significant strides forward among our academic peers, improving enough to move out of U.S. News’ “Ranking Not Published” category to be ranked #141 in the country. Two components that had the most significant impact on this were improvements in McGeorge’s bar passage rate and employment rate.
McGeorge’s bar pass rate went up 13.8 percentage points, and for the first time in 25 years, exceeded the state’s average pass rate for California ABA accredited law schools. One reason why the bar pass rate went up so much was because more and more students are participating in McGeorge’s Bar Exam Attack Track (BEAT) program and McGeorge’s bar incentive program. Student who complete these FREE programs pass the exam at significantly higher rates than those who do not. These programs aren’t a replacement for commercial bar prep programs, but rather additional resources.
Employment rates of McGeorge graduates for JD required or JD advantage jobs also improved significantly, up 12.6 percentage points from the prior year. When you find a job, either leading up to graduation or after you have graduated, please let us know. We want to celebrate your good news with you and knowing about your successes is vital to tracking and assessing our work with you.
In more good news, McGeorge’s Trial Advocacy program improved to 8th in the nation, our legal writing program improved to 21st nationally, and our Dispute Resolution and International Law programs are both ranked in the top 50 in the country. Our environmental law, intellectual property law, and constitutional law programs also showed significant improvement in this year’s U.S. News rankings.
Thank you to all who helped make this achievement possible – faculty, staff, administration, and leadership; and congratulations to our McGeorge students!