Daily Business Review, Florida Law School Proves to be King of State:
The University of Florida has done it again.
Its law school, one of the oldest and largest in the state, scored highest overall among Florida's law schools on the U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of the nation's law schools.
UF landed in 48th place, two spots ahead of its top rival, Florida State University. This is the second consecutive year UF took the number one spot, stealing it from Florida State two years ago.
UF law dean Laura Ann Rosenbury, who took over this year, was pleased but nowhere near satisfied with the score, which was down one from last year. "I still think we are undervalued as far our overall score, and I'm going to work hard to make sure we move up the national rankings," Rosenbury said, adding she hopes to move to the mid 30s within three to five years. Boosting the school's ranking was one of the goals she listed in her job interview with UF, she said. ...
In Florida, there was little movement among the five ranked law schools.
University of Miami ranked 60th, three points ahead of last year. Florida International University tied with Stetson University for 103rd place. FIU was down one, and Stetson was up two.
Other Florida law schools did not receive numerical rankings, including Ave Maria, Barry, Florida A&M, Florida Coastal, Nova Southeastern and St. Thomas.
Florida State law dean Donald Weidner said he was "satisfied but not happy" with his position statewide. The school had the same ranking last year. ...
It's a priority for Nova Southeastern to make it into the U.S. News & World Report's rankings, said law dean Jon Garon. He accomplished that at his last school, Hamline University in Minnesota, which ranks 140th, and hopes to accomplish the same thing at Nova within five years. ... "It certainly would be helpful in talking to students and parents," he said. "Moving the reputational needle is incredibly hard. It's an incredibly slow process."