Latest USNEWS law school rankings

Ten University of Houston Law Center specialty programs are ranked among the Top 50 in the nation in 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report

May 12, 2023 — Several University of Houston Law Center specialty programs are among the best in the nation, according to results of the 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report annual list of Best Law Schools released this week.

This year, 10 UHLC specialty programs are among the Top 50 in the nation, including three in the Top 10 nationwide, and five ranked No. 1 in Texas. The Law Center’s overall ranking is No. 60.

“I am delighted that the UH Law Center has once again achieved three Top 10 specialty rankings nationwide for our remarkable intellectual property law, health law and part-time programs,” said UH Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “The Law Center leads among schools Texas in those three areas, as well as in legal writing and environmental law.”

“It is important to point out that the methodology of the U.S. News & World Report, Best Law School rankings has been criticized resulting in a boycott by 63 law schools, comprising almost 1/3 of all law schools. In addition, this year’s rankings involved a significantly revamped methodology, multiple publication delays, and significantly revised rankings after initial circulation of the embargoed rankings. Despite this tumult, law school rankings have and will likely persist because US News continues to rank all law schools (including those who are boycotting) with publicly available data. US News is now working with law school deans and other stakeholders to try to address the criticism. These rankings reflect the new, adjusted methodology.”

Top 50 Ranked UHLC Programs nationwide are:

  • Part-Time Program (No. 6)
  • Intellectual Property Law (No. 6)
  • Health Care Law (No. 9)
  • Legal Writing (No. 21, a 41-point increase from 2023)
  • Trial Advocacy (No. 24)
  • Environmental Law (No. 26)
  • Tax Law (No. 44)
  • Business/Corporate Law (No. 47)
  • Contracts/Commercial Law (No. 47, a 12-point increase from 2023)
  • Criminal Law (No. 50, a 16-point increase from 2023)

#1 Ranked UHLC Programs in Texas are:

  • Part-Time Program
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Legal Writing
  • Environmental Law

Only miffed that Aggy is like 29th overall.

Did the new ranking system shift things around?

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The new system puts less emphasis on admissions data and more emphasis on job outcomes and bar passage rates.

That’s why Stanford leapfrogged longtime #1 Yale for the top spot.


Weren’t we top 50 before? We’re tied with like 7 or 8 other schools for 60th now.

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We were Top 50 back in the 90s when I attended.

In recent years, we’ve been about 60ish.


Are we not pushing our students enough or what can they do to increase it? Was it the building holding us back?