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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Law School Rankings By Federal Judicial Clerkships

Derek Muller (Pepperdine), Visualizing Law School Federal Judicial Clerkship Placement, 2014-2016:

The release of the latest ABA employment data offers an opportunity to update the three-year federal judicial clerkship placement rates. Here is the clerkship placement rate for the Classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016. Methodology and observations below the interactive visualization. The "placement" is the three-year total placement; the "percentage" is the three-year placement divided by the three-year graduating class total.

Here are the California Law School rankings:

California Ranking

Here are the Top 10 law schools nationally:

National Top 10

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It'll be interesting to see how UC Irvine fairs going forward (on this and other measures), with Dean Chemerinsky gone to Berkeley and no longer calling in favors for graduates. I wouldn't be shocked to see a swift slide further into mediocrity, and a corresponding exodus of his faculty recruits.

Posted by: Anon | May 17, 2017 12:23:18 PM

This is one area where it seems raw numbers are more meaningful than percentages, i.e., the that fact that there are 159 Virginia grads roaming federal chambers versus Irvine's 40 or Vandy's 58 is significant (roughly 4 x's as many), and not reflected in the percentage of class size ordering.

Posted by: Anon | May 18, 2017 11:04:56 AM