The Go-To Law Schools

Our annual report on the law schools that supply the largest numbers of new associates to NLJ 250 law firms.

The National Law Journal

Large law firm associate hiring ticked up for a second straight year in 2013—welcome news, considering law schools sent more newly minted juris doctors into the job market than ever before. Among the 50 schools most popular with hiring firms, 27 percent of graduates landed associate jobs—up from 25 percent in 2012. That was the highest hiring percentage recorded since 2010.

We’ve ranked the top 50 law schools by the percentage of 2013 law school graduates who took jobs at NLJ 250 firms—the nation’s largest by headcount as identified in The National Law Journal’s annual survey. We’ve also identified the law schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner during 2013, and compared how each law school’s cost compares to its large firm hiring record. —Karen Sloan

BY THE NUMBERS

THE TOP 50 GO-TO LAW SCHOOLS
These schools sent the highest percentage of new graduates to NLJ 250 firms.

FIRM FAVORITES
The schools that NLJ 250 firms most relied upon for first-year associates.

ASSOCIATES TO PARTNER
The schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner during 2013.

GO-TO VS. 'U.S. NEWS'
The schools that outperformed their U.S. News & World report ranking in placing graduates at NLJ 250 firms.

INTERACTIVE: EXPLORE THE DATA
For the second 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.

 

 


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