UM Ranks No. 3 on ‘Underrated Law Schools’ List

July 02, 2015

MISSOULA – The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana recently was listed as the third-most “underrated” law school in the country, based on its students’ employment outcomes, their median score on the Law School Admission Test and the number of citations that the school’s law review has received.

University of North Carolina law professor Alfred Brophy completed the study, which was highlighted in a June 30 article by Bloomberg Business. It is available online at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-30/the-10-most-underrated-law-schools.

“I am not at all surprised that the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at UM is near the top of the list of underrated schools,” said Lori Freeman, director of the law school’s admissions and career services. “This ranking factors in what we think are some of the most important factors of a great law school.”

As law school applications nationwide have declined, UM’s law school has maintained its student population, with a graduating class size of about 80 students each year. Freeman said the employment rate of those graduates helps to dispel the notion that law school is not a good investment.

“We definitely see strong employment rates in Montana and for our graduates as a whole,” she said. “As an example, in the past three years we have had between 15 and 20 graduates working as judicial law clerks, and the number of federal clerks has increased each year. This is definitely something we are proud of.”

“What this ranking does is reveal how careful students need to be, especially in looking at employment outcomes,” Brophy said in the article. “The job market is so incredibly competitive coming out of law school, you want to make sure you are going to the best school and getting the best value for your money.”

 “Ultimately, the things that should matter most are that students share their law school experience with other excellent students when they’re here, and enjoy strong job prospects when they leave,” Freeman said.

The complete study is online at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2624399.

Contact: University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law, 406-243-4311, lawnews@umontana.edu.