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Monday, February 28, 2011

Law School Rankings by BigLaw Jobs

GoTo The National Law Journal reports today that 27.3% of the law school class of 2010 landed jobs at the 250 largest law firms, down from 30.3% last year. The NLJ ranks the Top 50 law schools by the percentage of the graduating class landing jobs at BigLaw firms. Here are the Top 26 (along with each school's U.S. News ranking):
  1. Chicago (59.0%) (U.S. News #5)
  2. Cornell (58.3%) (#13)
  3. Columbia (55.2%) (#4)
  4. Pennsylvania (53.3%) (#7)
  5. Harvard (49.7%) (#2)
  6. Virginia (46.8%) (#10)
  7. UC-Berkeley (45.6%) (#7)
  8. Northwestern (44.4%) (#11)
  9. NYU (43.3%) (#6)
  10. Michigan (42.5%) (#9)
  11. Stanford (41.6%) (#3)
  12. Duke (38.0%) (#11)
  13. Georgetown (37.6%) (#14)
  14. UCLA (35.19%) (#15)
  15. Yale (33.8%) (#1)
  16. Boston College (33.6%) (#28)
  17. Boston University (30.0%) (#22)
  18. Vanderbilt (29.8%) (#17)
  19. USC (28.7%) (#18)
  20. Texas (26.7%) (#15)
  21. Fordham (25.7%) (#34)
  22. George Washington (24.8%) (#20)
  23. Notre Dame (23.8%) (#22)
  24. Emory (21.2%) (#22)
  25. Washington U. (19.0%) (#19)
  26. Illinois (18.0%) (#21)

The exact same law schools made up the 2010 Top 26 (with some reshuffling within the Top 26).

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Comments

This is the end all - be all of law school rankings for prospective students: schools' ability to place in the big firms during the "great depression" is a proxy for quality. End of story.

On another note...Where's Loyola Los Angeles? I thought they were a big law partner juggernaut??? They can't manage to place 10.57% of the class in big firms? They aren't in the top 50??? Buyer beware!

Posted by: Anon | Feb 28, 2011 12:43:56 PM

Hmmmmmmm... it's worth noting this methodological footnote from the original pdf: "The ranking does not reflect law school graduates who took jobs as judicial clerks after graduation," AKA top schools get penalized for having high clerkship rates.

Posted by: bearerfriend | Feb 28, 2011 3:46:50 PM