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U of M School of Law Gains National Recognition from Variety of Sources

For release: November 1, 2013
For press information, contact Ryan Jones, 901/678-4910

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law recently received a variety of awards, rankings and individual recognition that bolster its already solid reputation both regionally and nationally.

The National Jurist ranked the School of Law as one of the Best Value Law Schools in the nation in its new rankings. It scored an A- in the new rankings, thanks to high bar passage rates, affordable tuition, average debt upon graduation, employment rate and an extremely attractive cost of living. This continues the trend of the School of Law being listed as one of the “Best Values” in the nation, with several years of being noted as such by The National Jurist and preLaw Magazine.

The School of Law also was also listed as a “Best Bargain Law School for Black Students” by Lawyers of Color magazine in the second edition of the Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools.  It was also ranked as a Top 5 Regional Law School for Black Students by the same publication in late 2012.

Additionally, the School of Law was recognized by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) at its 45th anniversary celebration earlier this fall. The School was recognized as a member of the inaugural group of “William A. Blakey Diversity Pipeline Architects” and featured in CLEO’s “45 for 45” celebration, which recognized 45 law schools, 45 law firms, corporations and associations, and 45 individuals who have taken successful strides in helping make the educational “pipeline” readily accessible to all students who exhibited the aptitude, fortitude and passion to successfully pursue a quality education.

The School of Law also had the highest bar passage rate among public schools in Tennessee on the most recent bar exam in July, with a pass rate of 91 percent. That is higher than the state average of 84 percent for first-time test takers on the July bar exam and continues the School’s strong tradition of impressive bar passage statistics.

The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, the most important society for legal education in the United States. Graduates of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law include judges, other public servants and leading practitioners in the Mid-South and throughout the nation. For more information, visit

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