2019 U.S. News & World Report Ranking
As you may know, Pepperdine Law is currently "unranked due to a data reporting error by the school" in the official 2019 U.S. News Law School rankings.
According to three nationally recognized law school rankings experts with whom we consulted independently, had it not been for our mistake, we would have ranked number 62 or 64 in the 2019 rankings, up from number 72 in 2018.
The reality is that we continue to make great progress at the school and expect a substantial rankings boost to be reflected in the 2020 Best Law Schools Rankings that will be released in March 2019.
Next year's rankings will include job data for the Class of 2017, and we are up 10 percentage points as of the March 15 reporting date. Pepperdine's employment rate for the Class of 2017 stands at 87%, with 75% representing the most sought-after jobs as defined by the ABA (full-time, long-term bar passage required or J.D. advantage jobs).
This employment data adds to the growing momentum at Pepperdine Law over the past eight months:
August: We welcomed our 1L Class of 2020, which had the highest median LSAT score (160) and undergraduate GPA (3.62) in several years and places us among the top 50 law schools for student credentials.
October: The Princeton Review ranked Pepperdine Law faculty #6 in the country for classroom teaching ability and accessibility outside of the classroom, behind only Virginia, Duke, Boston University, Stanford, and Chicago.
November: Pepperdine's moot court program was ranked #11 in the country and #2 in California.
March: Applications for Pepperdine's 1L Class of 2021 to start in August are up over 45%, compared to the national average of a 9% increase.
In addition, Pepperdine continues to be recognized in this year's U.S. News rankings as the #1 dispute resolution program in the country for the 13th time in the past 14 years.
In the three-minute video below, highlighting excerpts from the recent 45th annual 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 Law experience.