Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

University of Tulsa College of Law Breaks Magazine's Top 100

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

University of Tulsa College of Law Breaks Magazine's Top 100

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The University of Tulsa College of Law ranked 99th among 195 law schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best Graduate Schools, marking its first time to crack the top 100.

The college, among the smallest law schools in the nation, advanced 48 places in three years, said Janet Levit, dean of the TU College of Law and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair.

"We are proud of that number," she said. "We are excited about the ranking, not so much about the number, but because we believe it reflects that our national reputation is catching up to the reality of who we know we are as a community. It is a tremendous community of faculty, students, staff, alumni and supporters."

Several factors led to the college advancing in the rankings, Levit said. The factors included a quality assessment, reputation, selectivity of student applications, job placement success and faculty resources.

The university decided on a course of action several years ago to improve the law school's academic standing, she said.

"One of the milestones we reached to get to this point was started by the vision of my predecessor, Robert Butkin, (University of) Tulsa President Steadman Upham and the board of directors to focus on the quality of the students rather than budget targets," Levit said.

Butkin served as Oklahoma state treasurer from 1995 to 2005. He then served as dean of the TU College of Law from 2005 to 2007.

The decision opened the way for a reduction in the size of the student body, Levit said.

"It allowed us to decrease the size of the class," she said.

The decision was a risk, Levit said.

"But it was a risk that everyone knew was worth taking," she said.

Overall, TU is ranked 75th in the U.S. World Report's college rankings.

"We also had a top research university and so that decision was part of a strategy to create a law school that matched the overall quality of the university," Levit said.

Another factor is that TU's College of Law has built a reputation as a destination for energy law, she said. …

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