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SUNY Buffalo Law School provides a great education

U.S. News and World Report’s law school ranking of 100 for the SUNY Buffalo Law School is worth about as much as a Ryan Fitzpatrick jersey. The fact is, UB is still a great law school. As a third-year student, I feel I have to defend the quality legal education I have received. U.S. News sends surveys to random attorneys and asks them to rank the schools they have heard of; that is how the rankings are calculated. That said, perhaps the drop is related to the name change.

The decline in ranking is not indicative of the quality education UB offers or of the success UB students have found this year. A couple years ago, Lawrence Lessig ranked UB as a top 20 school based on value. Further, National Jurist just ranked UB as a top school for practical training. This year, the SUNY Buffalo Law School team swept the Jessup Regional Moot Court Competition, won the Mugel National Tax Court Competition and finished as a national semifinalist in the Frederick Douglas National Moot Court Competition; that team also won best brief in the country. SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Trial Team is constantly winning awards. The school has just launched an Advocacy Institute memorializing its emphasis on practical training.

When I entered law school three years ago, the job outlook was equally grim. Some of us go to law school because we want to be attorneys. If we have to wait for a job, that’s just a small sacrifice in the long line of sacrifices and challenges it takes to become an attorney.

At the end of the day, people can say what they want about my law school, because when I start practicing next year I will be ready, and I have only SUNY Buffalo Law School to thank.

Samuel A. Alba

Williamsville