Law School Specialty Rankings 2014: George Washington, New Hampshire, Santa Clara Top Three in Intellectual Property


Law Street Media, LLC
Chelsey D. Goff


NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, June 25, 2014. Law schools at George Washington University, the University of New Hampshire, and Santa Clara University ranked as the top three Intellectual Property Law programs in a new set of comprehensive rankings released this week by Law Street Media.

Law Street’s rankings for Intellectual Property programs are the first of five scheduled to be released this summer. The rankings focus on key specialties in law and were created with the recognition that the law school market is rapidly changing. Enrollment is down, and law schools increasingly seek ways to stand out. The Law Street rankings represent a new and innovative way to measure the opportunities given to students, and the breadth of specialty education provided by each of these programs.

“We undertook this ongoing project because of the insufficiency of existing rankings such as those published by U.S. News and World Report that overlook meritorious programs,” said John A. Jenkins, Founder and CEO of Law Street Media. “In the current competitive marketplace both for law schools as well as new graduates, it is vital to drill down into the specialties and take a closer look at which programs truly offer the greatest value. Tuition payers need to be fully informed. The fact that we found some unheralded-yet-excellent programs is good news for anyone considering the major tuition investment that law school has become.”

In addition to George Washington, New Hampshire, and Santa Clara, the Top 10 Intellectual Property law school programs also included Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York University, the John Marshall Law School, Columbia, Fordham, the University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford Law School.

Top honorable mentions for Intellectual Property programs went to these law schools: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Michigan, Harvard, Texas, UCLA, Minnesota, Boston University, the University of Pennsylvania, Suffolk University School of Law, Georgetown University, and the University of Washington.

Law Street’s rankings take into account a wide variety of factors, including specialty courses offered; graduates employed in the specialty; proximity to subject-relevant employment centers; networking and extracurricular opportunities; and how the program is rated by others.

The Law Street list contains some surprises. The University of New Hampshire School of Law for example, placed highly in the objective rankings even though its public profile is low. Law Street’s data, however, indicates that UNH has an impressive and far-reaching curriculum and excellent networking and extracurricular opportunities.

The same is true for John Marshall, another strong program that was a surprising addition to the Top 10. John Marshall offers a thorough program and its Chicago location offers excellent opportunities for networking and extracurricular activities in the field. Similarly, Fordham University School of Law received high marks for its extracurricular and networking opportunities.

Continue to check back here to see additional rankings throughout the summer.

Law Street is an open-access web-based media platform covering law and public policy. It was founded as a way to provide a single essential resource to law students and young professionals in the rapidly-evolving legal industry. Read the press release about Law Street’s recent launch here, and see the Publishers Weekly story about our company here. Law Street’s Founder and CEO is journalist and author John A. Jenkins, formerly President and Publisher of CQ Press. Read more about John and the rest of the Law Street team here.

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