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U of M Law School Is Named a "Best Value" by preLaw Magazine

For release: August 24, 2011
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

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 listed among the Best Value Law Schools for 2011 by preLaw magazine. The list will appear 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, 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 90 percent on the July 2010 exam. The employment rate for 2010 graduates was 86 percent, and the in-state tuition was $14,318. The average per-student indebtedness was $67,074.

“We are delighted to be recognized again as a law school that provides a ‘best value’ 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.

More information about the National Jurist and preLaw magazines is available online at www.nationaljurist.com.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, which held its first classes in 1962, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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