This annual special report focuses on what, for many law students, is the bottom line: whether they stand any chance in hell of landing a coveted associateship at a major law firm. We found that the picture was marginally brighter but that isnt saying much. We also examine trends in the hiring market, including a decline in large-firm participation in on-campus interviews. Its less that they no longer believe in the cattle show although one firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, has come up with an alternative that it likes than that firms have fewer entry-level jobs to fill. Some elite law graduates, meanwhile, are finding a new appreciation for the charms of midsize firms.
BY THE NUMBERS
THE TOP 50 GO-TO LAW SCHOOLS
These schools sent the highest percentage of new graduates to NLJ 250 firms.
The schools that NLJ 250 firms most relied upon for first-year associates.
Our top 50 go-to schools ranked by tuition.
ASSOCIATES TO PARTNER
The schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner during 2012.
GO-TO VS. 'U.S. NEWS'
The schools that outperformed their U.S. News & World report ranking in placing graduates at NLJ 250 firms.
Methodology: Data for this Go-To Law Schools special report were provided by the law firms surveyed for the NLJ 250, The National Law Journals annual survey of the nations 250 largest law firms by headcount. For firms that did not submit new associate numbers, we relied on data from ALM Media's RivalEdge database and independent reporting. We determined rankings by the percentage of 2012 juries doctor graduates who took associate jobs at NLJ 250 firms. In all, we have data from 248 firms covering 4,429 graduates. The two missing firms are Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and King & Spalding. The rankings do not reflect law graduates who took clerkships following graduation.
This article originally appeared in The National Law Journal.