Law school regains footing in U.S. News’ top 20

The GW Law School reclaimed a spot in U.S. News and World Report’s top 20 law schools Tuesday after it dropped to No. 21 last year.

The school rose one slot to No. 20 in the nation, tying with schools at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities and the University of Southern California. The annual rankings include admissions and job placement data, as well as peer and professional judgment on each school.

While law schools across the country saw declining enrollment last year, GW’s surged by about 22 percent under interim dean Gregory Maggs. Its average GPA increased to 3.71, and the average LSAT score dropped by just two points to 165.

GW’s law school ranked No. 2 again for its part-time program. Neighboring Georgetown University took the first spot based on academic reputation, LSAT scores, GPAs of entering classes and the “breadth of each school’s part-time program.”

U.S. News gave the GW Law School the No. 11 slot for best environmental law program, No. 3 for intellectual property law and No. 6 for international law.

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