Paul L. Caron

Friday, March 5, 2021

2021 Law School Rankings By Graduates In BigLaw Jobs

2021 Go-To Law Schools 3, The Top 50 Go-To Law Schools:

We have ranked the 50 law schools that sent the highest percentage of their 2020 juris doctor graduates into associate positions at the largest 100 law firms in the country [methodology].  Columbia Law School tops the list for the eighth straight year, with 65% of its recent graduate class now working in Big Law.

  1. Columbia
  2. Northwestern
  3. Cornell
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. NYU
  6. Duke
  7. Chicago
  8. Virginia
  9. UC-Berkeley
  10. Harvard
  11. Georgetown
  12. USC
  13. Stanford
  14. Michigan
  15. UCLA
  16. Yale
  17. Fordham
  18. Texas
  19. Boston College
  20. Boston University

Columbia Reigns Supreme in Big Law Hiring, But Northwestern, Cornell Came on Strong in 2020
Columbia Law School lands at the top of our 2021 Go-To Law Schools ranking of Big Law feeder schools, marking the eighth straight year the school tops the list.

Go-To Law Schools: All Schools Data
See hiring stats for every law school that sent a 2020 graduate to one of the largest 100 firms.

Go-To Law Schools: Search By School
Search our Go-To Law Schools data by school to see the firms where 2020 graduates found associate jobs.

Go-To Law Schools: Search By Firm
Search our Go-To Law Schools hiring data by firm to see the schools from which they hired new associates.

Explore the Data Behind The Go-To Law Schools
Our interactive database allows you to delve into all the Go-To Law Schools School associate hiring and alumni partner promotion data.

Go-To Law Schools vs. U.S. News
How Go-To Law School rankings match up with U.S. News & World Report.

Go-To Law Schools: Tuition
Here’s a look at how much it costs to attend a law school that has a strong Big Law track record.

Go-To Law Schools: Associates to Partner
These law schools saw the most alumni promoted to partner in 2020.

COVID Forced Summer Associate Recruiting to Go Remote. Firms May Never Return to Campus
Summer associate recruiting will return to August in 2021, after a one-year move to January due to COVID, but schools and firms are planning to conduct interviews virtually—a move that could become permanent.

'Better Than Expected.' Law Schools and Firms Weigh In On OCI In The Age of COVID
Listen to Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law Career Services Dean David Diamond and Skadden Arps Global Hiring Partner Gavin White discuss this year's strange summer associate recruiting cycle.

Go-To Law Schools Methodology
Find out how determines its Go-To Law Schools ranking.

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