TaxProf Blog

Editor: Paul L. Caron
Pepperdine University School of Law

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Seto:  Associates Promoted To Partner in 2016 — The Top California Schools

Seto (2014)TaxProf Blog op-ed:  Associates Promoted to Partner in 2016: Top California Schools, by Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.):

According to the National Law Journal, the top 50 US law schools, ranked by the number of law firm associates promoted to partner nationally in 2016, included eight California schools:

Rank

School

Number

15

UCLA

20

22

UC-Hastings

16

22

USC

16

30

Santa Clara

14

30

UC-Berkeley

14

34

Loyola-L.A.

13

36

Pepperdine

12

42

Southwestern

11

To place this in context, NYU came in at #1 with 64, Harvard at #2 with 53, and Yale tied with UC-Hastings and USC at #22 with 16. Somewhat surprisingly, Stanford did not make the top 50 nationally. It was ranked 17th as a feeder school to the NLJ 100 when I wrote Where Do Partners Come From?, 62 J. Legal Educ. 242 (2012) [more here and here]. UC-Hastings, ranked #18 in my analysis, continues to do very well. Santa Clara, not in the top 50 feeder schools nationally in my analysis, is moving up nicely. And Southwestern, also not in the top 50 in my analysis, continues to surprise. Congratulations!

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2017/03/setoassociates-promoted-to-partner-in-2016-the-top-california-schools.html

Law School Rankings, Legal Education | Permalink

Comments

So with a 2007 class size north of 400, one's odds of becoming a major law firm partner at Loyola are approximately 3.25%. And that was for a class hired before the great recession.

Context is everything.

Posted by: JM | Mar 9, 2017 8:41:25 AM

Gosh, maybe the Stanford alums largely go 1) inhouse, 2) prawf-ing, or 3) take vastly more lucrative positions in Silicon Valley's VC and PE sectors. Being a Biglaw partner is hardly the best outcome for HYS Law grads, whether measured through the lens of hours worked or money earned. And outside the possible exception of Berkeley, approximately 0 grads of California's other law schools would pass the prestige smell test for getting into VC/PE work.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Mar 9, 2017 11:54:11 AM