U.S. News ranks Law #1 in trial advocacy

March 14, 2014

Law Campus CoverFor the 16th time, U.S. News & World Report ranked Stetson University College of Law first in trial advocacy. Stetson also is ranked sixth in the nation for legal writing and is listed among the top 100 law schools in the country. 

“It goes without saying that the advocacy program at our College of Law is outstanding and the best known of the many high excellence programs at the College,” said Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D. “We take great pride in graduating students who are courtroom-ready, who through their outstanding advocacy and communications skills, need very little additional training in working and representing clients. We know that when you see a Stetson lawyer, you are seeing competency and professionalism in action.”

“Effective advocacy is one of a successful lawyer’s most important skills, and Stetson’s commitment to teaching advocacy is unmatched,” said Dean Christopher Pietruszkiewicz. “We are proud that this has always been one of our core strengths.”

Stetson has been recognized as the top law school for trial advocacy 16 times since the category ranking began in 1995. Stetson recently expanded these programs with the start of a new online journal and LL.M. degree program in advocacy.

“Stetson’s leadership in advocacy education is reflected in the accomplishments of our competitive teams, our ‘practice-ready’ approach to teaching the law, as well as our academic programs and conferences focused on advocacy,” said Charles H. Rose III, professor of excellence in trial advocacy at Stetson.

“Our faculty is committed to equipping students with the in demand ability to be effective legal communicators,” said Kirsten K. Davis, Stetson’s director of legal research and writing. “And our new Institute for the Advancement of Legal Communication builds upon that commitment by providing a home for both legal writing research and education. We are honored to be recognized for our dedication to legal communication excellence.”

More information is available online at www.law.stetson.edu/advocacy and www.law.stetson.edu/academics/lrw.

For more information on the U.S. News 2015 “Best Graduate Schools” visit www.usnews.com/grad.




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