No. 30 - College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law: The nation’s oldest law school also happens to be popular with Big Law. The Williamsburg, Virginia, campus sent 28 of its 2017 grads to large firms—or more than 13 percent. Founder Thomas Jefferson would flip his powdered wig.
No. 29 - Emory University School of Law: Hotlanta in the house! Emory posted a Big Law placement rate of more than 15 percent last year. The school did particularly well with Atlanta-based firms. Alston & Bird hired five Emory grads, while King & Spalding took another four.
No. 28 - Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law: SMU moved up an impressive 14 spots on our Go-To list this year. The Dallas law school sent 36 recent grads to jobs at the largest 100 firms. Yee haw, ya’all!
No. 27 - University of North Carolina School of Law: UNC is one of a small number of law schools at flagship public universities that do quite well when it comes to Big Law hiring. Nearly 17 percent of recent grads went to large firms. They should be able to pay off the relatively low $23,889 tuition in no time.
No. 26 - George Washington University Law School: GW is a big school. As in, it graduated 615 J.D. students last year. Despite that size, GW was able to place 108 of them in large firm jobs. That’s nearly 18 percent of the class. Pretty impressive.
No. 25 - Howard University School of Law: We’re staying in Washington for our 25th Go-To law school. Howard placed 20 of its 2017 graduates in associate jobs at large firms. Given the small size of that class—just 105 students—that equates to more than 19 percent nabbing those coveted positions.
No. 24 - University of Notre Dame Law School: The Fighting Irish had a good year on the gridiron (10-3) and the law school posted a similarly impressive Big Law placement record, sending more than 22 percent of recent graduates to large firms. Please suppress the urge to chant, “Rudy, Rudy, Rudy.”
No. 23 - Washington University in St. Louis School of Law: A trio of law firms that hired four students each—Husch Blackwell, Kirkland & Ellis, and Latham & Watkins—helped Washington University lock down the No. 23 spot on our list. Overall, the school sent 23 percent of 2017 grads to Big Law.
No. 22 - Boston College Law School: This is Beantown’s first appearance on our Go-To Law Schools list this year. Boston College had 56 of its recent graduates take large firm associate jobs. Ropes & Gray hired the largest lot, bringing on six. Well done.
No. 21 - University of California, Irvine School of Law: All five of the University of California law schools made our Go-To list this year, with Irvine smack in the middle of that pack. The Orange County school moved up an eye-popping 22 spots this year due to both an increase in Big Law jobs and a decrease in the number of graduates.
Good things come to those who wait, but waiting is a drag, right? We’ve got a preview for you of Law.com’s annual Go-To Law Schools report, which ranks the 50 law schools with the highest percentage of recent graduates to snag associate jobs at the nation’s largest 100 law firms. The full list will publish on March 9, but today we have a sneak peek at schools 21-30. They include the country’s oldest law school, two Washington campuses, and our list’s first visit to Beantown. Enjoy!