The Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University continues to advance in the national rankings due in good part to the opinions of the nation's judges and lawyers. In the 2007 U.S. News and World Report edition of America's Best Graduate Schools now hitting the stands, the school was rated an average of 3 out of a possible 5 by judges and lawyers across the nation, which accounts for 15 percent of a school's overall ranking.
The Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer jumped 13 places among "The Top 100 Schools." While the school tied with five other law schools – LSU, Northeastern University, Penn State, Pepperdine and Santa Clara, Mercer had the highest rating of the five among judges and lawyers.
The other most influencing factor, Mercer Law School Dean Daisy Floyd said, is the school's nationally respected Legal Writing Program. For the second year in a row, the Mercer Legal Writing Program is one of the top programs in the nation, ranked only behind Seattle University. The Legal Writing ranking is among a listing of the top 10 programs in several specialty areas, based on survey responses from faculty who teach in the field.
"I am delighted that the Law School's programs are receiving the national recognition they deserve," Dean Floyd said. "One of the gratifying aspects of this year's ranking is that Mercer's reputation among lawyers and judges has improved significantly. Lawyers and judges understand that Mercer graduates lawyers who are ready to practice law. We offer our students one of the best legal writing programs in the country and a unique approach to professionalism training, emphasizing that being a good lawyer has a lot to do with who you are and not just what you know. Mercer is a special place, and I am pleased for our faculty, staff, students, and alumni that it is receiving the recognition it deserves."