Paul M. Hebert Law Center continues rankings climb

The Paul M. Hebert Law Center ranked 79th among 145 of the nation’s best law schools in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 rankings.

The Law Center jumped five spots from its 84th-place ranking last year and widened the gap from its 91st ranking in 2008.

Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss said these rankings indicate that the Law Center is moving in the right direction, but the faculty and students should not be satisfied.

Weiss said the improvement in ranking could be attributed to a number of factors, but he pointed out that the recent classes of students have performed better than in past years.

“Our students keep getting better and better,” Weiss said. “The top 25 percent of students seven or eight years ago resembles our bottom 25 percent of students today.”

He said the Law Center substantially increased merit scholarship assistance in the last few years in an attempt to attract good students.