The Kansas University School of Law received high marks in a report on 176 U.S. law schools published in the March 21 issue of U.S. News & World Report.
The schools were rated in five categories, including two measures of institutional reputation.
Among law schools at public institutions, KU was tied for 24th place in a survey of law deans and law faculty. In the poll of lawyers, hiring partners and judges, KU tied for 18th place.
Robert Jerry, KU law dean, said he was pleased with the law school's ranking.
"The U.S. News method of ranking schools has its flaws, but it is always nice to be recognized as one of the top public law schools," Jerry said. "Our increasing national reputation according to lawyers and judges across the country is particularly gratifying."
The three other rating categories were student selectivity, or the caliber of entering students and percentage of applicants accepted; graduate placement success and starting salaries; and faculty resources.
Faculty resources included a school's total expenditures per student, volumes in the library divided by number of students, and teacher-student ratio.
U.S. News grouped the top 50 law schools in two separate sections according to a numerical ranking. Yale University law school was first; Harvard University, second; and Stanford University, third. The remaining 126 schools were grouped into three tiers according to overall quality but did not receive individual numerical standings.