The University of St. Thomas School of Law is the No. 3 law school in the nation for practical training and the top law school in the Upper Midwest for clinical training, according to recently released rankings from The National Jurist and U.S. News and World Report.

The practical training recognition comes from The National Jurist’s March 2015 issue, with UST School of Law outranked only by Northeastern University and Yale Law School. Pepperdine University, the University of Hawaii, the University of Wisconsin, Brigham Young University, Washington and Lee University, Baylor University and the University of Denver round out the top 10, with no other Minnesota school reaching the top 20. In 2014, The National Jurist ranked UST School of Law No. 1 on this list.

When U.S. News and World Report released the 2016 edition of its annual Best Graduate Schools rankings on March 10, UST School of Law was for the first time named on the publication’s shortlist of best law schools for clinical training. Coming in at No. 27 in the nation, UST School of Law outranks every other law school in the Upper Midwest in this area. Home to 11 legal clinics, more than 60 percent of UST School of Law students choose to enroll in at least one live-client clinical course during their time in law school.

The 2016 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools list also revealed that UST School of Law is now ranked as the top private law school in Minnesota, ahead of local competitors William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University School of Law, which are set to merge later this year.

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