Academics and Research / Magazine Feature

DU law, psychology ranked in top 100

Two University of Denver graduate programs are ranked among the top 100 of their kind in the entire country in the latest U.S. News & World Report annual graduate school rankings, released April 23.

For the eighth straight year, DU’s Sturm College of Law is ranked among top-tier law schools, with four programs of study listed among the nation’s best.

Meanwhile, DU’s Department of Psychology, tied with 10 other schools, is ranked at No. 91. The department offers graduate programs in child clinical psychology, affect science, child development and cognitive neuroscience.

U.S. News’ “America’s Best Graduate Schools” report lists the Sturm College of Law at No. 77, tied with seven other law schools. The ranking represents an 11-place jump over last year’s ranking. In legal specialties, DU ranked No. 9 in the country for part-time legal education; No. 15 for environmental law studies; No. 19 for tax law; and No. 33 for clinical training.

Law Dean José (Beto) Juárez Jr. says DU is committed to ensuring the ranking accurately reflects the quality of education enjoyed by DU law students.

“It is gratifying to see that the improvement in our rankings that I forecast last year has been realized,” Juárez says. “The steps the faculty and administration of the College of Law have taken are likely to result in continued improvement in rankings next year. I am delighted the excellence of so many of our programs has been recognized by the legal academics who were surveyed to identify the best programs in the country. The recognition of our evening program as a top-10 program is a wonderful tribute to one of the core components of the [Sturm] College of Law.”

Rob Roberts, chair of DU’s department of psychology, says the University’s commitment to research is being recognized nationally.

“What makes a great department is its faculty,” Roberts says. “We have an outstanding group of scholars whose research is at the forefront of their fields. Students in our graduate and undergraduate programs benefit from working closely with faculty, and more importantly, from the excitement inherent in the discovery of new knowledge through research.”

For its ranking, U.S. News & World Report incorporated expert opinion and statistical data collected on more than 1,200 programs.

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