Texas A&M law school in Fort Worth now ranks 2nd in state by US News & World Report
See full Fort Worth Star-Telegram article by Jenny Rudolph here.
Texas A&M University School of Law is rising in the ranks, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The downtown Fort Worth university ranks 29th best law school in the country, up from last year’s 46th ranking. This was the most significant rise in ranking among top 50 schools in the U.S. since last year.
It also means Texas A&M Law is the second best law school in Texas, trailing behind University of Texas at 16th.
Texas A&M Law’s dispute resolution program, which emphasizes negotiation, mediation and arbitration skills, ranked seventh nationally. The university’s program for intellectual property ranked ninth nationally.
The law school’s rise in rank comes just before construction starts on the expanded Texas A&M-Fort Worth campus, an estimated $320 million project that will bring three new buildings to the Commerce Street campus and could impact the local economy in big ways.
Business leaders have called the expansion “the most significant thing for the city in the last 100 years.”
The downtown building where Texas A&M Law now sits was previously the home of Texas Wesleyan University. Texas A&M acquired the then unranked school ten years ago.
John Sharp, Texas A&M University chancellor, said his team won’t stop growth efforts until the school is ranked in the country’s top 10 law schools.
“The first thing I did as chancellor was to acquire this law school,” Sharp said in a release. “At the time it was unranked and now has risen in the rankings faster than any law school in history.”
Bobby Ahdieh, dean of Texas A&M Law, said the university’s faculty and staff are united in their mission to advance human knowledge through the next generation of lawyers and leaders.
“Today’s ranking announcement demonstrates the benefits of a concerted focus on the core elements of excellence in legal education: the recruitment of world-class students and faculty, investment in a high-quality educational program and a single-minded commitment to student success on the bar exam and in the employment market,” Ahdieh said in a release.
Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker praised the university’s accomplishments and contribution to the community over the past decade.
“Fort Worth could not be more proud of what our law school has accomplished the last few years,” Parker said in a release. “In attracting world-class students, staff, and faculty to the community, providing pro bono legal services to veterans, entrepreneurs, families, and others in need, and anchoring Texas A&M-Fort Worth’s new research and innovation campus, they have become a true pillar of our community.