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Moritz College of Law Continues Top Tier Ranking
College ranked 15th among public law schools
April 5, 2002
The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University remains solidly in the top tier of the nation's law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2002-2003 rankings of America's Best Graduate Schools. The rankings place the college as 15th among public law schools and 37th among the nation's 175 accredited law schools. The Dispute Resolution program at the Moritz College remains among the top three programs in the country.
"We don't look at these rankings as the measure of overall quality of the law school," said Dean Nancy H. Rogers. "For example, they make no effort to measure the quality of teaching at law schools, an area in which we feel we excel. However, we are pleased that the good reputation of the school is on the rise. We are ranked among the top public law schools in the nation and continue to be the highest ranked law school in Ohio. The dispute resolution program continues to be ranked among the best," she added.
Dean Rogers says that the effects of the $30 million gift by the late Michael E. Moritz will be reflected in further increases in the rankings in future years. "These rankings are based in larger part on historical data," she noted. "We expect the effects of the Moritz gift to phase in over the next several years."
Moritz's gift, the largest single donation in the university's history, provides for 30 full in-state tuition scholarships, four faculty chairs, and enhanced programming through a dean's discretionary fund.
Ohio State's Dispute Resolution Program's 3rd place ranking is up from last year's 4th rating by dispute resolution faculty at the nation's law schools. Ohio State has ranked in the top four schools in dispute resolution since the specialty was first ranked five years ago.
"With increasing recognition of our student scholarship and broad-based policy initiatives, we are gratified that our comprehensive dispute resolution program continues to receive the respect of our profession," said Professor Josh Stulberg, director of the college's dispute resolution program.
Moritz College students in the dispute resolution program have been consistently recognized nationally in the last several years. In five of the last six years, the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, an alliance of global corporations and law firms at the forefront of dispute resolution, has presented the top Student Articles Prize to Moritz College students. The school's Journal on Dispute Resolution is the official publication of the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution and has been recognized with Outstanding Professional Article awards honoring the work of scholars whose articles have been published in the journal. Moritz College faculty have received both national book prizes and practical achievement awards in the dispute resolution field.
The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University is Ohio's flagship law school. Approximately 650 students attend classes at the school's John Deaver Drinko Hall, located at 55 West 12th Avenue. Notable alumni include the Honorable Howard M. Metzenbaum '41, former Ohio Senator; the Honorable William B. Saxbe '45, former U.S. Attorney General and Ambassador to India; Ohio Senator George V. Voinovich '61; Ohio Congressman David L. Hobson '63; the Honorable Thomas J. Moyer '64, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice; the Honorable Paul E. Pfeifer '66, Ohio Supreme Court Justice; Ohio Congressman Michael G. Oxley '69; Erin Moriarty '77, CBS News/48 Hours reporter; and Evelyn Lundberg Stratton '78, Ohio Supreme Court Justice.