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2021 U.S. News & World Report Ranking


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U.S. News & World Report has ranked Pepperdine Caruso Law number 47 in its 2021 Best Law Schools rankings. The newly released rankings reflect a significant increase for Pepperdine Caruso Law, which advances 25 spots in just three years. (More rankings information here.)


Pepperdine Caruso Law was also recognized for excellence in several specialty programs in rankings voted on by faculty in those fields, including rankings of #3 in dispute resolution, #37 in tax law, and #39 in clinical training. 

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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 16 years.

"At Pepperdine Caruso Law, we do not chase rankings," says Dean Paul Caron. "Rather, every decision we make is guided by what is in the best interest of our students. Over the past few years, we have raised the rate at which our graduating class passes the bar exam in California (from 65% in 2017 to 82% in 2019) and in the other 49 states (from 82% in 2017 to 96% in 2019), and secures full-time legal employment (from 65% in 2016 to 84% in 2019). This dramatic rise in our students' return on investment in their Pepperdine legal education has driven our rise in the rankings."

U.S. News & World Report ranked 194 law schools in the United States, based on data collected in fall 2019 and early 2020. 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.


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