The John Marshall Law School’s Legal Writing, Trial Advocacy and Intellectual Property Law programs have once again been ranked among the nation’s best in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. John Marshall is one of the few law schools in the country to receive top 20 specialty rankings in three areas.
U.S. News & World Report ranked John Marshall’s Legal Writing Program as the sixth best in the nation and the best in the Midwest. John Marshall’s program is known for its rigorous research and writing requirements. All students must take four semesters of legal drafting courses. It also houses the largest in-school writing resource center in the country.
Professor Kim Chanbonpin, director of the Lawyering Skills Program, called the high rank evidence of John Marshall’s leadership in the legal writing community. “Our national ranking is based, in part, on our rigorous and innovative Lawyering Skills curriculum. We enjoy a special agility in responding to the changing demands of law practice and our students benefit by taking these skills with them into a competitive job market,” said Chanbonpin.
John Marshall’s Trial Advocacy Program was ranked 20th in the nation this year, tied with Harvard University and New York University. “At John Marshall, we have a long tradition of excellence in our trial advocacy program,” said Professor Hugh Mundy, director of John Marshall’s Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution. “Our competitive teams continue to enjoy national recognition. Every John Marshall student experiences trial advocacy training. Our trial advocacy program emphasizes professionalism, collegiality and collaboration.”
John Marshall’s Intellectual Property Law Program was ranked 15th in the nation, up four spots from last year, and is one of only a handful of law schools in the country to have a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office-Certified clinical program serving the entire United States. “We are very grateful for the support that made this year’s ranking possible –from our friends, partners and colleagues, both within JMLS and those outside. We look forward to the opportunities ahead,” said Professor Daryl Lim, director of the Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law.