The U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Law School rankings have singled out three Suffolk University Law School programs as among the best in the nation.

Out of 195 law schools in the report, Suffolk Law’s Legal Writing Program ranked among the country’s top ten at No. 9; Dispute Resolution placed No. 18, while the Clinical Programs were ranked 20th.

“The U.S. News rankings of our clinical and legal writing programs--Top 20 and Top 10 respectively--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 eighteenth 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."

U.S. News's 2013 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.