Frances Amazing just how much schools care about US News & World Report annual rankings. I haven't heard from my alma mater, Hofstra Law School, in a while, but lo and behold, they made sure to send a mass e-mail out to both former students and new ones about this year's national rankings....
I want to share the news that Hofstra Law School has been ranked number 86 in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools 2011” law school guide. This position represents an increase of 14 places from our 2010 ranking. Moreover, the magazine once again has recognized Hofstra Law as one of the nation’s most diverse law schools.
Hofstra Law continues to be an exciting place to pursue a legal education. While no numeric ranking can fully capture the essence of our school or the value of a Hofstra Law degree, many audiences, particularly prospective students, look at survey results as a means of learning more about the school.
As an institution, we will not allow our standing in any survey to dictate what we do. Rather, we will continue to focus on providing students with an excellent and forward-looking global legal education. However, the U.S. News & World Report rankings are significant because their results are based on statistical indicators related to a school’s faculty, research and students, as well as reputational surveys completed by judges, practicing attorneys and law school faculty.
Over the past few years, we have made steady progress in the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. This sustained improvement and success is a tribute to the students, alumni, faculty and staff who are the heart and soul of this institution.
We will continue to build on Hofstra Law’s strengths, and we remain fully committed to educating attorneys, executives and community leaders who make an impact in their fields. For example, by expanding the school’s innovative career and professional development programming, we will increase our ability to help students and alumni develop leadership skills and professional identities that will ensure future success.
Rankings in U.S. News & World Report and other surveys will fluctuate over time; what remains constant is the exceptional quality of our school’s ideas, talent and network. I am proud of all that our community has achieved, and I thank you for your role in strengthening Hofstra Law’s position among leading American law schools.
With my sincere appreciation,
Nora V. Demleitner, Dean
P.S. You should have recently received a letter from me providing an overview of our strategic plan and inviting you to join this year’s Annual Campaign. I hope you will send back your contribution as soon as possible. You can also make your tax-deductible gift securely online here: https://law.hofstra.edu/Alumni/alumni_make_a_gift.cfm