Wednesday, August 28, 2013
preLaw (Back to School 2013), Top Schools for Externships:
Externship programs continue to expand each year as law schools strive to teach more real life skills and students seek the experience employers desire. Legal educators have been calling for more experiential opportunities since the
early 1990s. Now, fueled by the need to better prepare graduates, law schools are responding.
This year, 29 law schools reported a reported the percentage of externship opportunities to full-time students at higher than 40 percent. That is up from only ten schools in 2011. We pulled the data from the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA Approved Law Schools, 2013 Edition, and ranked the top law schools.
Once again, the University of St. Thomas School of Law-Minneapolis had the best ratio of field placement opportunities per student with 712 placements to a full·time study body of 445. ... Northeastern University School of Law was a close second with 891 positions for 604 students. No other law school offered more
externships than full-time enrollment. But other schools in the top 10 still reported impressive numbers compared to prior years. Ten other schools reported 50 percent or higher, with 17 more between 40 and 50 percent.