Texas A&M Law Ranks in the Top 50 Nationally, Second in Texas

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Mar 29, 2022 12:15:00 AM
Texas A&M Law continues its advance at an unprecedented pace to become a national contender, and a leader in Texas.


In just the past six years, Texas A&M Law has climbed up 53 places nationally — and from fifth in Texas to second. Meanwhile, enrollment has more than doubled since 2019 with a greater number of high-achieving students.

Texas A&M University School of Law now ranks 46th nationally among law schools, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 edition of Best Graduate Schools, released today. Two of the school's programs landed in the top 10 nationally, with Dispute Resolution at No. 4 (first in Texas) and Intellectual Property Law at No. 6 (tied for first in Texas).

“When we acquired the law school, we were hopeful about what the future would hold,” John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, said. “In the years since, we have succeeded beyond even our wildest expectations. But we’re still just getting started!”

In recent years, Texas A&M Law has invested heavily in growing its faculty, recruiting high-caliber students, building flagship centers of excellence, and establishing a dozen new clinical programs. This has resulted in an unprecedented rise across the key measures contributing to its overall ranking.

Texas A&M Law Dean Robert B. Ahdieh said the momentum in rankings reflects the commitment of the law school faculty, the efforts of its staff, as well as the quality and accomplishments of its students and graduates.

"I could not be more proud of the work that our faculty and staff are doing — and of the caliber of our students at Texas A&M Law. The advances we have seen in student quality, educational innovation, bar passage, and post-graduate employment that contribute to our overall ranking can be credited entirely to them,” Ahdieh said.

Ahdieh credits the vision of Chancellor Sharp and other leaders of the System and Texas A&M University – as well as the support that followed from it - for the law school’s striking accomplishments to date.

The underlying indicators of student quality and success to which Ahdieh refers include the entering qualifications of students, their success finding employment after graduation, and their average debt after graduation.

The incoming student profile — as measured by undergraduate GPA and LSAT median scores — has been steadily climbing since Texas A&M University acquired the law school in 2013. Texas A&M Law now ranks 17th nationally in the median undergraduate GPA of its incoming students - and 45th for their median LSAT.

According to the most recently available statistics, Texas A&M Law graduates passed the bar at the second highest rate in Texas and found employment at a rate that placed them tenth in the nation - just behind graduates from Yale, Harvard, NYU, and Stanford. Employment statistics for the most recent graduating class - which will be available later this spring - look to again be strong.

Average student debt has also plummeted in recent years — enabling graduates to pursue their professional goals with fewer hurdles. The most recent Texas A&M Law graduates have the second lowest average debt in Texas among law school graduates who took out an educational loan.

The law school’s trajectory shows no signs of slowing. The Texas A&M University System announced last year that Texas A&M Law would anchor a new research and innovation campus it plans to build in downtown Fort Worth.

While plans for “Aggieland North” are still in development, they include new law school facilities and innovative academic programming involving the law school as well as other A&M System schools and agencies. Those include the law school’s fast-growing degree, certificate, and executive education programs for non-lawyers.

Topics: students, faculty and staff, rankings

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About Texas A&M School of Law

Texas A&M School of Law is an American Bar Association-accredited institution located in downtown Fort Worth. Since integrating with Texas A&M University in 2013, the law school has sustained a remarkable upward trajectory — dramatically increasing entering class credentials; improving U.S. News and World Report rankings; hiring more than 30 new faculty members; and adding more than 10 clinics and six global field study destinations. In the past several years the law school has greatly expanded its academic programs to serve the needs of non-lawyer professionals in a variety of complex and highly regulated industries such as cybersecurity, energy and natural resources, finance, and healthcare.

For more information, visit law.tamu.edu.

About Texas A&M University

Texas A&M, established in 1876 as the first public university in Texas, is one of the nation’s largest universities with more than 66,000 students and more than 440,000 living alumni residing in over 150 countries around the world. A tier-one university, Texas A&M holds the rare triple land-, sea- and space-grant designation. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $905.4 million in fiscal year 2017. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world.

About Research at Texas A&M University

As one of the world's leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery, including that of science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $905.4 million in fiscal year 2017. Texas A&M ranked in the top 20 of the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey (2016), based on expenditures of more than $892.7 million in fiscal year 2016. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world.

To learn more, visit http://research.tamu.edu.