Temple Law School continued its rankings momentum by moving into the US News Top 50, joining the University of Pennsylvania Law School as the only regional schools included in the influential report’s top tier.

Temple’s location at #50 marks the school’s highest ranking to date. “I’m certainly pleased with these results, which I believe reflect the faculty’s continued focus on our core mission: ensuring that our students have the skills, knowledge, and professionalism necessary to succeed in whatever practice setting they choose,” remarked Dean JoAnne Epps.

The school saw impressive returns on several specialty rankings as well. The Trial Advocacy program retained its #2 spot, while Legal Research and Writing climbed one spot to #10. The International Law program gained two spots, edging out those at Stanford, Cornell, Northwestern, and the University of Pennsylvania, to land at #12.

“The best measure of our efforts is the success of our graduates,” Epps said.

Temple’s part-time program, which has been ranked every year since part-time programs were added to the report in 2010, also continued its strong performance, climbing one spot to #6.

Epps also noted that the US News ranking is consistent with other recent rankings measuring graduate performance in practice. “The best measure of our efforts is the success of our graduates,” Epps said. “Our students invest significant time and resources in law school with the goal of joining the legal profession and shaping the nation’s societal discourse. We are gratified to know that several reviewers confirm that we have positioned our graduates to succeed in these goals by making valuable professional and societal contributions.”

A January 2015 report by SuperLawyers ranked Temple Law #6 nationally for highest caliber and most practice-ready graduates. More recently, Temple has been ranked #14 for Public Interest / Public Service by the National Jurist Magazine, #39 on the National Law Journal’s list of the top 50 Go-To Law Schools, and as a Best Value law school, also by National Jurist.