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April 3, 2006

Matt Lindsay: (202) 994-1423;


Intellectual Property Law and International Law Programs Place in Top 10

WASHINGTON -- The George Washington University's Law School and Graduate School of Education and Human Development, as well as graduate programs in law and business are ranked among the top 25 in the most recent "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue of U.S. News & World Report, a popular guide for students pursuing graduate-level education. The issue hits newsstands Monday, April 3.

The GW Law School is ranked 19th on this year's list of 180 accredited law schools, up one spot from last year. Among law specialties, GW's intellectual property law program is named the country's third best program for the second straight year and the international law program moves up three spots to sixth. Other highly ranked programs include the environmental law program, which places 12th, and the clinical training program, which finishes 15th. The GW Law School also performed well on measures of student diversity and earning power after graduation.  

GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development moves up three spots to 21st out of the 242 education schools that participated in the survey and ninth among private institutions. U.S. News ranks the school's secondary education program 39th.

Also rating among the top 25 is the GW School of Business' international business program, which jumps four spots to number 21. The School of Business ranks 70th out of the 347 accredited master's programs in business that responded to the survey.

Rounding out the GW rankings is the biological sciences Ph.D. program in GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Other programming for which GW traditionally receives high marks, such as public policy, public administration, political science, rehabilitation counseling, physician assistant, health services administration, and speech-language pathology, were not evaluated as part of this year's U.S. News rankings. 

U.S. News has been publishing "America's Best Graduate Schools" on an annual basis since 1990. According to the magazine, schools are measured using objective data (obtained by U.S. News from colleges and universities) and reputational ratings from experts.

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