Posted October 13, 2014

Temple Law, Fox School of Business shine in national and global rankings

Courtesy of Temple Law
Temple graduates are highly sought and highly valued for their ability to make an impact.

Temple’s Beasley School of Law and Fox School of Business have excelled recently in a variety of national and international rankings.

The American Lawyer magazine ranked Temple Law No. 17 nationally for how well prepared graduates felt they were for practice five years after graduation. Temple was the only law school in the region ranked in the top 20.

The magazine’s survey, which measured job satisfaction among mid-level associates at major law firms, asked respondents to rate their law schools on how well they prepared them for firm life. Of all the questions on the survey, this is the one that correlated most strongly with overall job satisfaction.

“The results of these rankings are consistent with what I hear from employers across the region and nation: Temple graduates are highly sought and highly valued for their ability to make an impact,” said Temple University President Neil D. Theobald. “Whether in law or business, science or the arts, our faculty and staff ensure that our students are using their full potential and are positioned to succeed from the very start of their careers.”

"While I'm tremendously pleased, I'm not at all surprised," Temple Law Dean JoAnne Epps said of the rankings. "The elements of their legal education that satisfied associates most valued—training in practical skills, practice writing the types of legal documents they're most likely to see early in their careers, exposure to transactional skills, and a culture that promotes collaboration or teamwork—are all areas in which Temple Law has been a recognized leader for years."

Last month, Temple Law was once again named a Best Value Law School by The National Jurist magazine and was the only Philadelphia law school to appear in the rankings. Also in September, Temple Law School had the largest representation among first-year associates at Pennsylvania law firms, as reported by The Legal Intelligencer.

At the Fox School of Business, the Global MBA continues its ascent in The Economist’s annual Which MBA? rankings. The Fox School is ranked No. 33 nationally, a nine-spot improvement upon last year’s rankings. Even more impressively, the program jumped 20 positions to be ranked No. 57 globally.

The Fox School’s 20-spot improvement in the worldwide rankings marks the biggest jump of any full-time MBA program featured in both the 2013 and 2014 rankings. Additionally, Fox and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School are the only full-time MBA programs in Greater Philadelphia to be included in The Economist’s prestigious rankings, released Oct. 9 and based on metrics including career services, student diversity and salary increases after graduation.

“These rankings by The Economist serve as further affirmation of the quality of a Fox MBA as one of the best value propositions in graduate business education,” said Dean M. Moshe Porat. “Our flagship MBA program empowers students to experience the world while advancing their careers through experiential learning and entrepreneurship.”

Entrepreneurship is a hallmark of the Fox School and the Temple experience. In September, Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review ranked Fox’s graduate programs No. 1 in the nation for entrepreneurial mentorship. Fox also ranks No. 11 nationwide for undergraduate entrepreneurship and No. 16 among graduate programs. The Fox School is the only business school in Greater Philadelphia to have been included in the rankings.

—Staff report