Correction: The Top 50 Law Schools and Bar Passage Required & J.D. Advantage charts have been changed to correct a miscalculation that incorrectly lowered the rankings of schools with students in school-funded positions.
The American Bar Association has released detailed data on the employment of the law school class of 2016, and there’s both good and bad news.
First the good news: A larger percentage of 2016 law graduates landed full-time, long-term jobs that require a law degree and were not funded by the schools themselves within 10 months of leaving campus. Nearly 62 percent of 2016 graduates secured those jobs, up from 59 percent in 2015.
However, the actual number of those jobs—widely considered the most desirable for new law grads—declined by 4 percent, or 1,033 fewer jobs. The only factor propping up the overall employment rate is that 2,860 fewer law graduates were in the entry-level job market last year, a decline of more than 7 percent.
We’ve delved into the ABA’s trove of jobs data to determine which schools had the highest percentage of graduates in law jobs, which sent the highest percentage of students into federal clerkships, and which had the highest unemployment rates. We’ve also collected data on Big Law hiring, government and public interest jobs, and state clerkships. The charts are based on data submitted to the ABA by the law schools.