posted Mar 11, 2019

U.S. News & World Report has named the University of Washington School of Law’s Intellectual Property specialty program No. 13 nationally as part of the new 2020 rankings of Best Law Schools. The Tax specialty program was ranked No. 25. Clinical Training was ranked No. 26.

The magazine ranked UW Law 44 out of 192 law schools, placing it in the top 25 percent of U.S. law schools.

“At UW Law, we are fortunate to be located in Seattle, a vibrant hotbed of innovation, technology, progressive policymaking, global business and more,” said Mario Barnes, Toni Rembe Dean and professor of law. “Our location, in combination with our robust and distinguished network of alumni, legal practitioners, faculty, friends and partners, helps us ensure that we are preparing the next generation of lawyers. We are steadfast in our determination to be the best public law school as measured by our impact.”

Often, the magazine reveals additional top-ranked specialty programs on the day of the public announcement. For the full listings and information about the magazine’s methodology, visit usnews.com/grad.

“Rankings are only one measure of our success,” Barnes said. “The true barometer will always remain our ability to prepare ethically sound, practice-ready lawyers who value interdisciplinary understanding, knowledge production, uplifting public service and diversity.”

Barnes added that his nine months at UW Law have demonstrated to him that it would be difficult for any ranking to capture the many things that are special about the UW Law community.

“I hope, however, rankings fuel our existing motivation to engage in important strategic work to build upon areas of historical and burgeoning excellence,” he said. “I am proud of our work as a school, our dedication to the legal community and our exceptional faculty, staff, students, alumni and partners. Thank you for all that you do to ensure our school’s ongoing success.”