Writing, negotiation and hands-on experience.

They're all essential skills of great lawyers. And at Suffolk Law, they're all nationally ranked programs.

U.S. News & World Report's 2014 Best Law School rankings have singled out three Suffolk University Law School programs as among the best in the nation: Legal Writing ranked among the country's top 10 at No. 5, Dispute Resolution placed No. 12, and the Clinical Programs were ranked No. 17.

It is the fifth year in a row that Legal Writing has been ranked by U.S. News in the top 20—since 2009. Suffolk’s clinical programs have been in the top 25 for six years—since 2008—and Dispute Resolution has been in the top 20 for the last two years.

“The U.S. News rankings of our legal writing and clinical programs speak to a law school where academics and real-world legal practice skills interact to create a special kind of education,” said Law School Dean Camille Nelson. "While there is much to be celebrated about Suffolk Law that is not captured by its rankings, our move up to a 12th place ranking in dispute resolution reflects not only our tradition of producing lawyers who are outstanding litigators and ADR specialists, but also the breadth of the school's programming in this area."

"Our U.S. News ranking by law firms also indicates that we're producing high-caliber lawyers. They're smart, diligent, socially-skilled graduates — people who don't come to their work with a sense of entitlement, but rather with a commitment to working hard in service of others," Nelson added.

Clinics

Suffolk has 11 clinics, including 10 in which students can represent real clients in court. Here are a few of the programs that pushed Suffolk Law into the Top 20:

  • Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic—Students gain valuable transactional experience as they help artists, innovators, and small businesses protect their creations.
  • Housing Clinic—Students represent real clients in discrimination matters before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and housing cases in Boston Housing Court and Chelsea District Court.
  • Indian Law and Indigenous Peoples Clinic—Students partner with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in the only such program on the East Coast. Recently, students worked with the tribe to develop new rules of appellate procedure from scratch, replacing the federal rules previously relied on by the tribe. Students also successfully filed an amicus brief with a federal appeals court to help protect the sovereignty of Native American tribes.

U.S. News's 2014 rankings of Best Graduate Schools are a tool to help prospective graduate students better understand the graduate school landscape and to identify programs that would be good fits. The rankings highlight the top programs in business, law, medicine, engineering, and education, among other specialties. A law school must be accredited and fully approved by the American Bar Association and must draw most of its students from the United States to be ranked and listed on the overall ranking tables.