West Virginia University’s College of Law has been recognized as a “Top Tier” law school by U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for the third consecutive year, according to a news release from WVU.
The College was also named a “Go-To” law school by the National Law Journal last week. Officials said the College was also ranked 15th nationally in Best Law Schools in Public Interest in the Winter 2011 edition of preLaw Magazine.
Officials said the College of Law was named one of the “Top 40 Best Value” law schools as well.
“Clearly, the momentum at the WVU College of Law continues to build,” said Joyce McConnell, College of Law dean. “Being recognized as a Top Tier law school by U.S. News and World Report and as a “Go-To” law school by the National Law Journal puts us among the top institutions in the country and reflects the hard work of our students and faculty. Our recent initiatives and future plans will help us build on this trajectory.”
WVU recently initiated three new educational opportunities that help state citizens and enhance the education of future lawyers. Officials said the College of Law also launched its Center for Energy and Sustainable Development under the leadership of Professor James Van Nostrand.
WVU became the first law school in the country to partner with a Veteran’s Administration hospital, the Louis A. Johnson VA Healthcare System of Clarksburg, which serves 23,000 veterans in late 2011, according to the news release.
Officials said law students who work in the College of Law’s Clinical Law Program will provide veterans with free legal representation through the Veterans Assistance Program.