Paul L. Caron

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Law School Rankings By Employment Outcomes:  New York And D.C./Maryland/Virginia

Derek Muller (Pepperdine) has two great posts on visualizing legal employment outcomes among New York's 15 law schools and D.C/Maryland/Virginia's 16 law schools

In New York, Columbia (98.8%, goosed by 31 law school funded jobs (LSF)), NYU (96.7%, 39 LSF), and Cornell (95.5%, 11 LSF) again are head and shoulders above the other New York law schools in "total placement" (per U.S. News).  Cardozo (76.8%, 1 LSF) and Fordham (76.1%, 0 LSF) surprisingly trail St. John's (81.9%, 0 LSF) and Albany (80.3%, 0 LSF).

In D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, the University of Virginia laps the field (95.4%, 34 LSF), followed by George Mason (86.8%, 7 LSF) and Washington & Lee (82.2%, 1 LSF).  Georgetown fell 7.0 percentage points to 80.2% (even with 38 LSF), George Washington fell 10.9 percentage points to 78.3% (8 LSF), and William & Mary fell 6.5 percentage points to 75.8% (0 LSF).  Among lower ranked schools, American fell 8.8 percentage points to 61.4% (4 LSF), 13th of the 16 law schools, below Appalachian's 63.3% (2 LSF), up 21.2 percentage points.

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Or the total number of jobs is a function of the number of graduates, since some percentage of graduates will always be unemployed or out of the workforce.

Fewer graduates means fewer jobs.

Posted by: Or | Apr 17, 2016 8:42:44 PM

Interesting take away: total jobs available *declined* again in both major markets. The recovery doesn't seem to be taking hold for new lawyers yet. The only saving grace is the decrease in the number of graduates fighting for fewer jobs.

Posted by: Anon | Apr 17, 2016 12:58:37 PM