The Texas A&M University School of Law ranks 14th in intellectual property law and 111th overall in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of best graduate schools.
The ranking comes less than three years since the Texas A&M University System acquired the law school from Texas Wesleyan University.
“This is an extraordinary achievement, especially given the fact that we weren’t even on the list in 2014,” A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said in a statement.
The law school in downtown Fort Worth has an emphasis on intellectual property, patents and trademarks. Sharps said that focus complements other A&M System programs, including the products of research carried out in university labs.
The law school moved up 38 places from last year and now ranks among the top 60 public law schools. In Texas, the University of Texas at Austin Law School ranks the highest overall at 15. The Southern Methodist University Law School in Dallas comes in at 45.
U.S. News ranks graduate programs in business, education, engineering, law, nursing and medicine. This year’s rankings — based on expert opinions and statistical indicators, including admission test scores — were released Wednesday. The 2017 list includes a new ranking for doctor of nursing practice; TCU’s program ranked 58th.
The full list is available online. Other area graduate programs also made the list. Here are some highlights:
▪ Business: TCU’s Neeley School of Business, with 88 full-time students and a yearly full-time tuition cost of $42,450, ranks 63rd overall.
▪ Engineering: UT Arlington ranks 82nd on the list of best engineering schools.
▪ Nursing: Texas Woman’s University ranks 58th in its master’s program and 62nd in its doctor of nursing practice. UT Arlington ranks 75th in its master’s program and 76th in its doctor of nursing practice program. TCU ranks 109th in its master’s program.
▪ Medical: The University of North Texas Health Science Center ranks 50th for its primary care medical program at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth.