SLU LAW Recognized for Excellence

March 16, 2015


Saint Louis University School of Law was recently recognized with three outstanding honors for its continued excellence in legal education.

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” the Center for Health Law Studies was named the No. 1 program in health law in the nation for the 11th year.

The Center has been recognized as a top health law program since U.S. News began ranking health law. Established in 1982, the Center was one of the first law school programs to focus on the intersection of the health care system and legal system. Under direction from nationally renowned faculty, the Center has celebrated more than 30 years of national and international leadership in health law scholarship and education.

“The number of health law programs continues to increase,” said Rob Gatter, co-director of the Center for Health Law Studies. “We are honored to be given the top distinction among such a prestigious field that includes law schools like Harvard and Georgetown. It is a testament to our faculty's strong scholarship and sought-after expertise coupled with our innovative approach to the classroom and practical experiences we provide law students.”

“We are lucky to be part of an institution that supports health programs across the University," added Thomas (Tim) Greaney, co-director for the Center and Chester A. Myers Professor of Law. “Our successful collaborations with our colleagues have helped us produce top-rated dual degree programs and unique opportunities for our students that reach beyond the boundaries of the law school.”

In February, the Legal Clinics were named a recipient of the 2014 Super Lawyer Pro Bono Awards. The Clinics were recognized for their dedication and outstanding legal efforts on behalf of those in need, specifically their work following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, whether by educating citizens on their rights or working to improve, reform and bring attention to issues in the St. Louis County Municipal Courts.

Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards honor those in the legal profession that exemplify excellence in practice in service of others through delivery of volunteer legal services to the poor, underrepresented or exploited. Awards are given out on a yearly basis to attorneys, firms, law students, law schools and other legal organizations. This year eight recipients were recognized for their contributions. The SLU LAW Legal Clinics are one of two law schools.

“A committed faculty, engaged students and a supportive law school provide a healthy environment that enables us to perform a variety of pro bono legal services in this region,” said Patricia H. Lee, director of the Legal Clinics and associate professor. “This recognition is a testament to the high-level, dedicated advocacy the Clinics have performed for decades and, most especially, in light of our efforts this past year.”

Additionally, the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) board of directors selected the Legal Clinics as the recipients of the 2015 CLEA Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project for their work on civil rights and criminal justice abuses highlighted by Brown’s death. These professors continue to bring attention to vital issues, fight for those who seek justice but do not have the means to fight themselves and work towards real solutions for a just future, all while teaching and mentoring their students to do the same.

The award will be presented at the AALS luncheon at the Clinical Conference on May 6 in Palm Springs, California.