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2020 U.S. News & World Report Ranking

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Pepperdine Caruso Law number 51 in its 2020 Best Law Schools rankings. The newly released rankings reflect a significant increase for Pepperdine Caruso Law, which advances 21 spots in just two years. 

21 point increase us news and world report

Pepperdine Caruso Law was also recognized for excellence in several specialty programs in rankings voted on by faculty in those fields, including rankings of #2 in dispute resolution, #32 in tax law, and #33 in clinical training. New this year, voters were given the opportunity to evaluate programs at all eligible law schools.

number 2 dispute resolution

number 32 tax law

number 33 clinical training

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution remains a leader in the field of alternative dispute resolution, having been ranked the number one dispute resolution program for 13 of the last 15 years.

U.S. News & World Report ranked 203 law schools in the United States, based on data collected in fall 2018 and early 2019. Peer and legal professional assessment scores are based on data collected from voters who are asked to rate law programs on a scale of 1 to 5. Selectivity criteria include median undergraduate GPA, acceptance rate, bar passage rate, and job placement of law graduates. Faculty resources include expenditures per student, student-faculty ratio, and library resources.


In the three-minute video below, highlighting excerpts from the 45th annual Caruso School of Law dinner, Dean Paul L. Caron and keynote speaker Gary Haugen, founder and CEO of International Justice Mission, offer their reflections on the Pepperdine Caruso Law experience.

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