8. University of Houston Law Center (Houston, TX)
With a bar pass rate of over 85% in 2019, the University of Houston Law Center is one of the best performing law schools in the south. In most years, their bar pass rate is between 85% – 90%.
Notably, University of Houston is renowned for its health care law as well as its intellectual property law program. Both have been ranked in the top 10 of all schools in their respective specialties by US News in recent years.
One published survey available online is from the class of 2013. Of all the students who graduated that year, 62% work in law firms, 23% in business, 8% in government, 3% in public interest. That 96% found meaningful work is an amazing outcome for this gem of an institution.
UHLC is particularly known as a leading publisher in academia. Five journals are published by the school. The Houston Law Review, a notable law journal, has been actively publishing for over 65 years.
Alumni include prominent judges of the Texas Supreme Court, senators, representatives, and more.
7. University of Denver Sturm College of Law (Denver, CO)
One of only two law schools in all of Colorado, the Sturm College of Law is a rising institution.
Exceptional employment outcome is a hallmark of the Denver program; the overwhelming majority – 93.4%, to be exact – of the class of 2017 found significant employment within a year of graduation. This number is comparable to any T14 school in the country.
US News has recognized Denver for various specialties, including a top-20 ranking for its environmental law program. Additionally, an equally prestigious publication for law schools, The National Jurist, ranks Denver Sturm in the top 40 for public interest law.
With a bar passage rate of over 83% – as well as an acceptance rate of less than 50% – Denver is a competitive, hidden gem law school on the rise.
6. Albany Law School (Albany, NY)
The oldest law school in the state of New York, this legendary institution was established nearly 170 years ago in 1851. It is a school within Union University.
It is the only law school located within 90 miles of New York’s Capital District, strategically positioning itself close to federal courts, state legislature, and other important legal entities.
What makes Albany a rising law school? A staggering 52,000 hours of pro bono work from the class of 2019 makes Albany Law School among the most socially responsible institutions in the country.
Additionally, Albany Law has recently been named a top-20 school for innovation, public interest, and a top-10 school for preparing students for government work.
Through their We Rise initiative, Albany Law School has raised an amazing $25 million dollars to support their Justice Center. The Justice Center, Albany Law’s in-house public interest law firm, is responsible for helping students find pro bono work, apprenticeships, legal clinic placement, and more.