Dean Dobranski explained in Schaefer, Naomi, CAMPUS CRUSADE. American Enterprise; Jul/Aug2001, Vol. 12 Issue 5, p32 et seq.
Dobranski credits part of Ave Maria's success to the generosity of Monaghan and other donors, which enables the school both to be more selective and to provide large scholarships to those students who are admitted. "Most other new law schools start out at the bottom. They desperately need students because that's how you pay the bills, but schools that take anyone get a reputation for mediocrity that never goes away."School Press Release dated November 4, 2002 (AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW
WELCOMES STRONGEST ACADEMIC CLASS TO DATE):
“In the history of new law schools since World War II, I don’t know of any new school ever starting out with the quality of students that we have,” said Bernard Dobranski, Founding Dean and President of Ave Maria School of Law.And again in September 2005, school Press Release about 5th anniversary celebration
Faculty at the school, which opened in August 2000, initially hoped for a student body with a median LSAT score in the top 40 percent. From the beginning, however, the school has attracted students with a median score in the top 20 percent, a major accomplishment for a new law school.
"When we opened five years ago, we had one goal in mind — to provide a high quality legal education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition," said Dobranski. "During the last five years, our faculty and staff have devoted themselves to that goal, and this August their efforts were rewarded when the American Bar Association granted Ave Maria School of Law full accreditation. Everyone at Ave Maria School of Law contributed to that success, and I could not be more proud."