U.S. News & World Report has released its new 2022 Best Law Schools list, ranking the University of Washington 45 out of 193 peer institutions. This places UW Law within the top 23 percent of all ABA-accredited law schools in the United States.

Among individual programs, UW Law’s Intellectual Property Law program placed 15th, an increase over 2021 rankings, and was again recognized as one of the country’s leading programs.

“While we are proud of these achievements, rankings are but one measure of our law school’s success, especially during a year defined equally by unprecedented challenges and the inspiring efforts of the UW Law community to meet them,” said Mario Barnes, Toni Rembe Dean and UW professor of law.

“As a community, we have been deeply affected by the global pandemic, the episodes of racialized violence and national protests, a contentious election season, the acts of domestic terrorism at our Capitol and so much more,” he said. “The true measures of our success over the past year have been our community’s resilience, compassion, and unwavering commitment to ensuring our students receive a world-class legal education in the face of so many daunting challenges. I have never been more honored to be part of this community.”

In building these latest rankings, U.S. News considered numerous measures of quality collected from ABA-accredited U.S. law schools between fall 2020 and early 2021. The rankings reflect several new metrics, including average JD law school debt and library resources and operations. Full rankings and more information regarding the publication’s methodology can be found at usnews.com/grad.

“I am proud that UW Law remains a global destination for the next generation of aspiring lawyers,” Barnes said. “We continue to educate and train ethical lawyers committed to serving their clients and communities and seeking a more equitable future for all. Our commitments to the profession, public service, diversity and justice are needed more than ever.”