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Faculty of Law makes Maclean’s Top 2

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Published: 14 Oct 2009

McGill's Faculty of Law has been ranked second among Canadian common law schools by Maclean's. The magazine's recent ranking of Canada's law schools also recognized McGill for its success in placing Clerks at the Supreme Court of Canada.

McGill shared second place with York University's Osgoode Hall, while the University of Toronto's Faculty of Law took the top spot among Canadian common law schools.

"It's a sign of great success that we are doing so well among common law schools," said Daniel Jutras, McGill's Interim Dean of Law. "We're exceedingly happy that, for the third year in a row, we've made it to the top echelons at measure, particularly given that we don't fit the mould."

McGill's Faculty of Law is unique among law schools in North America and abroad, because its students study in both French and English, and earn both common and civil law degrees in a comparative and integrated program of legal studies.

"The distinctive curriculum offered at McGill brings together civil law and common law in new and challenging ways. McGill graduates reap the rewards of this unparalleled double BCL/LLB degree, which allows them to pursue diverse careers in law and public service everywhere in Canada, as well as in parts of the States, and abroad," explained Jutras.

McGill is ranked with the country's 16 common law schools, but does not appear in the Maclean's ranking of civil law schools. Jutras believes McGill's Faculty of Law would also score at the top in the civil law category.

"We're delighted to be recognized as one of the country's leading institutions, in the common law tradition", said Jutras. "It would be wonderful if McGill's dual identity and its contribution to the civil law tradition in Canada were also recognized in this ranking."

The Maclean's law rankings measure the quality of each school's graduates based on four indicators: Supreme Court Clerkships, Elite Firm Hiring, Faculty Hiring and National Reach. The quality of each school's faculty is based on the number of Faculty Journal Citations.

McGill placed first for its success in placing Supreme Court clerks, and second both for the number of its graduates hired at elite firms and as professors at Canadian law schools.

McGill University was also recently named one of the Top 25 universities in the world - and the top publicly funded University in North America - by the prestigious Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings.

On the Web

Law school rankings on the Maclean's web site.

The Faculty of Law and Supreme Court Clerkships.

McGill named one of Top 25 universities in the world.

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