IU Law-Indianapolis Ranks 44 in the Nation by Super Lawyers Magazine
The Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis has been ranked 44th in the country by Super Lawyers magazine. This is the first annual ranking of U.S. law schools by Super Lawyers, which ranks law schools based on the number of graduates who are selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers magazine across the country. Only 5 percent of the lawyers in each state are selected to Super Lawyers lists.
According to Bill White, publisher of Super Lawyers, “We’ve been rating lawyers for nearly 20 years. This puts us in a unique position to shed light on how well schools fulfill the ultimate mission of producing great lawyers. Our approach is simple. We take a snapshot of the top lawyers in the country and ask, ‘What schools produced these lawyers?’ Then we report the results. Our rankings fill an informational gap. It throws a new and unique indicator of quality into the mix. It’s another data point for students to consider before making a big, expensive and life-changing decision.”
Schools are ranked according to the total number of graduates named to the state and regional Super Lawyers lists in 2009. In the event of a tie between schools, the cumulative peer evaluation and research scores of graduates are used as tie-breakers.
“The recently released Super Lawyers ranking of U.S. law schools, which puts IU-Indianapolis 44th, just one spot behind Notre Dame for the highest ranked school in Indiana, is based on the success of a law school’s graduates,” said IU Law-Indianapolis Dean Gary R. Roberts. “Our high national ranking is a tribute both to the great accomplishments and impact of our alumni and to the quality of the education our excellent students receive at this law school right here in the heart of Indiana’s state capital,” he added.
Selecting attorneys for Super Lawyers, involves a rigorous, multiphase process, according to White. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement, and selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.
The IU Maurer School of Law, located in Bloomington, was also listed in the top 100, ranking 59th.
For the complete listing, visit: http://www.superlawyers.com/toplists/lawschools/united-states/2009/