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Pepperdine Caruso Law Ranked 46 in U.S. News and World Report Best Law School Rankings 2022

The Pepperdine University Rick J. Caruso School of Law has been ranked number 46 in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Law School Rankings. Caruso Law has earned its highest ranking in the history of the school for the second consecutive year.  Caruso Law was ranked number 47 last year after climbing 25 positions in just three years. 

"As hope grows for a return to on-campus operations after a very challenging year, the news of this ranking is a welcome complement," said Paul Caron, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of Caruso Law. "We are pleased to be counted among the nation's top 50 law schools, a result that reflects the outstanding work of our students, faculty, and staff."

Caruso Law has also been recognized by its peers in all 13 specialty program rankings, with four in the top 50, including number 3 in dispute resolution, number 36 in trial advocacy, number 39 in tax law, and number 49 in international law. The globally recognized Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution has been among the top three in the specialty rankings for nearly 20 years.

In a special message to the Caruso Law community, Dean Caron commented:

We are especially proud that our Class of 2019's performance on the bar exam was 8th best in the country and that our Class of 2023's entering credentials (LSAT and undergraduate GPAs) rank #41.

These results will strengthen the wind already at our back from last year's Top 50 ranking and our $50 million naming gift from Rick and Tina Caruso. We are reaping the benefits in filling our 1L class entering in August. We set an all-time high in applications last year, and this year's applications are up an additional 30%. We expect this year's entering class to have the highest credentials in the history of our school and to have more students of color for the third consecutive year.