Cracking the Top 10 for Fourth Straight Year

Suffolk Law School’s legal writing program was ranked 9th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s “2016 America’s Best Graduate Schools.” This is the fourth year in a row the program has been ranked in the top 10.

Three other Suffolk Law specialty programs were honored by US News:

  • Dispute Resolution #17
  • Clinical Programs #27
  • Intellectual Property #32

The foundation of our legal writing course, Legal Practice Skills, is a required first-year course that helps students hone their writing, analysis, research and oral advocacy skills. “Writing clearly and persuasively makes you a better lawyer and a more successful advocate for your client,” said Professor Kathleen Vinson, director of the legal writing program. “We are pleased that U.S. News and our peers recognize that our graduates are entering the workplace as some of the best-trained legal writers in the country.”

U.S. News has recognized Suffolk Law’s legal practice skills program as a ranked specialty since it was named No. 33 in the 2009 issue. Since then, the program has been ranked No. 17 (2010), No. 15 (2011), No. 13 (2012), No. 9 (2013), No. 5 (2014), and No. 7 (2015).

Among the reasons Suffolk Law’s legal writing program is nationally ranked:

  • Suffolk Law faculty are national leaders in the three leading national legal writing organizations, including program director Kathleen Vinson, who served as the 2013-14 president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD), Prof. Samantha Moppett, who serves as Secretary of the Legal Writing Institute board, and Prof. Sabrina DeFabritiis, Secretary of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Research, and Reasoning.
  • Our comprehensive curriculum includes fundamentals critical for success in the legal profession as well as written and oral assignments to train students to apply the skills in a practice setting and get individual feedback.
  • Innovative teaching methods include our IWriteLegal app, named one of the Top 15 Mobile Travel Apps for lawyers by Daily Business Review; podcasts; YouTube videos and interactive response clickers
  • Prolific scholarship--LPS faculty are published in law reviews across the country and faculty members frequently present at national legal writing conferences.

“This is a great acknowledgement of the depth and breadth of Suffolk Law’s skills programs and our ability to combine traditional legal training with in-depth preparation for practice in the real world,” Associate Dean Ilene Seidman said.