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Duke steady, UNC and Wake Forest fall in law-school rankings

Duke’s law school can’t claim the numbers that its basketball teams hold in the NCAA tourney brackets, but for a second year the school has held onto its No. 11 spot on the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

At No. 11, Duke remains the highest-rated among law schools in the Carolinas. Other schools from the two states making the list are the University of North Carolina School of Law, weighing in at No. 38, down from No. 30 last year; Wake Forest, falling five places to the No. 44 spot, which it shares with University of California-Hastings and University of Colorado-Boulder; and the University of South Carolina School of Law, coming in at No. 109.

The magazine’s eagerly awaited annual list remains one of the most valuable assets in a law school’s recruitment tool box, despite transparency advocates who say that the magazine’s rankings fail to factor in enough detail about post-graduate employment.

Yale University holds the top spot on the list, followed by Stanford, Harvard and Columbia.

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