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Monday, March 21, 2016

Texas A&M Law School Shrinks Entering Class By 42% (To 140), Vaults 38 Spots (To 111) In U.S. News Rankings

Texas A&M Law Logo (2016)Texas Lawyer, Which Texas Law School Zoomed Up in Rankings?:

Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth zoomed up in the 2017 Best Law Schools rankings compiled and made public this week by U.S. News & World Report.

Texas A&M ranked 111th on the list this year, up from 149th the previous year.

Andrew Morriss, dean of the Texas A&M law school, wrote in an email that the school's investment in new faculty (12 hired last year) paid off in its reputation scores, used for the magazine's ranking. The dean also credited for the ranking rise the school's decisions to cut class size over two years from 240 to 140, boost scholarships, and slash tuition by more than 15 percent. "That enabled us to be the fifth most selective school in the country," Morriss wrote.

Fort Worth Star Telegram, Our A&M Law School Climbs in Rankings:

It’s time for a little bragging:

The Texas A&M University School of Law in downtown Fort Worth is getting very close to making it into the U.S. News and World Report list of the nation’s top 100 law schools.

Rankings released by the magazine on Wednesday showed the A&M school at No. 111, up 38 spots from its No. 149 seat last year.

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Comments

Does not sound like a fiscally sound path they are on.

Posted by: bIeber | Mar 21, 2016 11:29:44 AM

It may be useful to recall that Texas A&M has the sixth largest endowment of any university in the United States, exceeded only by Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Princeton, and MIT. According to US News, at the end of 2014 its endowment was $10,521,034,492. The Dow Jones has remained relatively static since then. At 5%, that's over half a billion dollars of endowment income per year. Only part of that accrues to the law school, of course, but still ....

Posted by: Theodore Seto | Mar 21, 2016 1:20:44 PM

Slash enrollment, go up the rankings. It's like the Laffer Curve for USNWR. I suppose if they cut enrollment to 0%, they will o'ertop YLS to be #1?

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Mar 21, 2016 1:35:08 PM

A&M has eyed a law school for more than 30 years. They are to be commended. They acquired a struggling private school in one of the largest cities in America -- and one without a public law school. They then turned it into a smaller, more affordable public school, backed with the resources of a large research university. They also have focused on hiring lateral faculty candidates from very good law schools, and specifically candidates that fit within research strengths in their parent university.

Posted by: westcoastprof | Mar 21, 2016 2:54:26 PM

My law school is still better!!!!! Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah.......If I could stick my tongue out..... You guys can only get one bill for a traffic, while I can get a bill and a half..... My school is better ranked because of high faluten counselors like me.....take that......

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | Mar 21, 2016 7:29:31 PM