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Monday, February 23, 2015

NLJ: Law School Rankings by Graduates in BigLaw Jobs

National Law Journal, The Go-To Law Schools:

Go ToThe new associate hiring picture at large law firms improved for the third straight year in 2014, but that growth wasn’t due to firms enlarging the size of the first-year associate classes. Instead, a smaller cohort of new law graduates meant that a higher percentage of them could land associate jobs at the largest 250 law firms in the country, even though those firms hired roughly the same number of new associates as in 2013.

We’ve ranked the top 50 law schools by percentage of 2014 juris doctors who took jobs at the largest 250 firms by lawyer head count—as identified in The National Law Journal’s annual survey of the nation’s 350 largest law firms. We also identified the schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner, and highlighted the 20 schools that outperform their U.S. News & World Report ranking when it comes to large firm hiring. We take an even deeper dive into our annual law school report in our special interactive feature.

The Top 50 Go-To Law Schools:  These schools sent the highest percentage of new graduates to the largest 250 law firms:

RankLaw School2014 Grads at NLJ 2502014 JDs% Grads at NLJ 250TuitionU.S. News Rank
1 Columbia 310 468 66.24% $60,274 4
2 Pennsylvania 177 278 63.67% $56,916 5
3 Chicago 129 211 61.14% $55,503 4
4 NYU 287 479 59.92% $56,838 6
5 Harvard 326 586 55.63% $55,842 2
6 Cornell 101 191 52.88% $59,360 13
7 Northwestern 144 291 49.48% $56,434 12
8 Duke 105 215 48.84% $55,588 10
9 Virginia 163 349 46.70% $51,800 8
10 Stanford 85 187 45.45% $54,366 3
11 UC-Berkeley 115 287 40.07% $48,166 9
12 Michigan 153 390 39.23% $51,398 10
13 Georgetown 239 625 38.24% $53,130 13
14 Yale 80 224 35.71% $56,200 1
15 USC 71 216 32.87% $57,507 20
16 Texas 113 351 32.19% $33,162 15
17 UCLA 102 336 30.36% $45,226 17
18 Vanderbilt 56 194 28.87% $49,722 16
19 Boston Univ. 71 246 28.86% $47,188 27
20 Fordham 119 462 25.76% $52,532 36

  • Associates to Partner:  "The schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner during 2014."
  • Columbia Leads in Sending Grads Into Big Law:  "It wasn't a return to the go-go days before the recession, but first-year associate hiring picture improved at the nation’s largest law firms during 2014. Columbia Law School retained its place as the top provider of law graduates hired by those big firms, and the University of Pennsylvania jumped from fifth to second place on our annual Go-To Law Schools list."
  • Firm Favorites: "The schools that NLJ 250 firms most relied upon for first-year associates."
  • Ground for Measured Optimism:   "Increased hiring and reduced law school enrollment could spell happy futures for graduates, according to NALP director James Leipold."
  • Interactive: Explore the Data:  "For the third year in a row, we are making all of the data from our Go-To Law Schools report on large firm associate hiring available in a searchable format. And check out our cost benefit analysis chart to find out which of our top 50 Go-To Law Schools offer the best bang for the buck when it comes to getting a job at an NLJ 250 firm."
  • Landing the Big Law Jobs:  "From on-campus interviewing to summer clerkships, landing an associate job at a large law firm is a marathon—not a sprint. We’ve asked partners involved in hiring at eight of the country’s largest firms to offer their best advice for students."

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Comments

What about "new grads" who spent 1-3 years doing judicial clerkships before moving to a law firm? Wouldn't a law school that places lots of its grads in clerkships end up being rated *lower* on this scale compared with law schools that aren't as clerk-rich?

Posted by: Andy Patterson | Feb 24, 2015 6:03:53 AM