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Graduate Debt, Employment Rates Bumps College of Law into Top 10 for Value

October 18, 2016

The University of Idaho College of Law was named the No. 8 best value law school in the country by preLaw Magazine this month. The college rose from being listed as an “A- Best Value School” on the annual list to breaking in the Top 10 this year. Over 200 law schools were considered for this recognition. UI was boosted by a decrease in debt load among its graduates and an increase in post-graduation employment outcomes.

The rankings are based on the percentage of graduates who pass the bar, employment rates, tuition, cost of living, and average indebtedness upon graduation.

According to the magazine, the average student indebtedness for UI law students decreased from $92,732 to $81,993, a figure that places the College of Law in the bottom 20 percent of law schools nationwide. The decrease is attributed to the college’s debt management education efforts, new summer public interest grants, and increases in alumni funded scholarships. Under the rankings methodology, UI’s employment outcomes also improved more than 6 percent over the year before, with nearly 85 percent of the graduates of the Class of 2015 employed. The magazine also recently recognized the College of Law as having the 19th most improved employment outcomes over the last five years.

“I’m thrilled that the College of Law is being recognized as a top value law school” said Mark Adams, dean of the College of Law. “Our college prepares students for success on the bar exam, in their search for employment and in the practice of law. I could not be prouder that we do so while helping students manage their debt and, in turn, maximize professional opportunities.”

Adams attributes the decrease of student debt to an increase of grant awards for summer internships and an effort to educate students on debt management. In addition, the school has improved its employment outcomes by emphasizing to students the importance of developing job-seeking skills from the first day of law school. Students learn to network, meet key professionals and are encouraged to meet with a career counselor at least once a semester to help guide them in their progress, Adams said.

The fall 2016 issue of preLaw magazine is available at

Media Contact:
Cara Hawkins-Jedlicka
Marketing Communications Manager
University of Idaho College of Law

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