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STOCKTON — Two Central Valley graduate-level schools are on the rise, according to this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools report.
University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law is the 10th best law school in the country when it comes to trial advocacy, the magazine said.
UC Merced’s School of Engineering made its second appearance in the graduate school rankings, rising to No. 127 in the nation after debuting at No. 140 in 2015.
“This ranking is an indication of a maturing School of Engineering with an improving reputation,” Dean Mark Matsumoto said. “This milestone is due to the quality of the faculty and students we are recruiting. I am proud of the achievements of our school.”
“Our law students receive recruitment and networking opportunities, the main source of jobs for law graduates,” said Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. “They leave McGeorge prepared to work in many legal areas, often working side-by-side with McGeorge alumni.”
In addition, McGeorge’s international program moved up one spot to 24th place. It is the sixth year in a row the program has been in the top 25. It also tied for No. 34 among part-time programs nationwide – fourth among part-time law programs in California. The part-time program moved up four spots from No. 38.
Pacific attributes its high trial advocacy ranking to its moot court, mock trial and alternative dispute resolution programs, which provide opportunities for students to gain courtroom experience, improve appellate advocacy, and hone skills in client counseling, negotiation and arbitration.
In addition to UC Merced’s environmental engineering ranking, the campus was also ranked No. 135 in electrical engineering and was recognized for bioengineering and mechanical engineering.
U.S. News surveyed graduate programs at more than 200 schools that grant doctoral degrees, and the rankings are based on a variety of criteria. For the engineering designation, the criteria included mean GRE quantitative scores, acceptance rate, student-to-faculty ratio and research activity.