No. 10 - University of California, Berkeley School of Law: Berkeley fell out of U.S. News’ top 10 last year, but the Bay Area school just made the cut on our list this year. More than 46 percent of its 308 grads snagged Big Law associate jobs, making Berkeley the highest-ranking Go-To school on the West Coast. Sweet, bro.
No. 9 - Cornell Law School: Cornell may be about four hours away from New York City, but that hasn’t stopped the school from making its mark in the nation’s biggest legal market. More than 48 percent of 2017 graduates snagged large firm jobs. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison hired eight.
No. 8 - Harvard Law School: A good, even number is so satisfying. Harvard Law School sent exactly 50 percent of its 610 grads into Big Law last year. (That’s 305 for the mathematically challenged.) So which firm landed the biggest group of these sought-after new lawyers? Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, at 20.
No. 7 - Duke Law School: Duke Law School has no reason to be blue. Its 2017 grads did devilishly well on the Big Law hiring market. More than 51 percent are now working at the 100 largest firms in the country. That’s pretty much a slam dunk.
No. 6 - Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law: We’ve finally arrived in Chicago, one of the nation’s larger legal markets. Northwestern is the first of two Windy City schools to make our list. More than 52 percent found associate jobs at large firms.
No. 5 - University of Pennsylvania Law School: Penn just edged out Northwestern to land in our top 5 Go-To law schools. As in, a single Big Law associate made the difference. The Philly school saw more than 52 percent of recent grads move on to Big Law. Davis Polk & Wardwell was the school’s biggest recruiter, hiring eight students.
No. 4 - University of Virginia School of Law: UVA moves up three spots on our Go-To list this year, with well more than half of 2017 grads heading off to Big Law—57 percent, to be precise. White & Case alone hired a dozen from the Charlottesville school.
No. 3 - New York University School of Law: The Big Apple lands on our list yet again. This time it’s NYU making an impressive move up two spots to elbow into the top three. The downtown Manhattan school sent more than 57 percent of recent grads to large firms.
No. 2 - University of Chicago Law School: Chicago holds on to the No. 2 spot on our Go-To list, with just shy of 60 percent of its 214 recent graduates taking Big Law associate jobs. Local powerhouse Sidley Austin brought on the single-largest group of Chicago alums, at 18.
No. 1 - Columbia Law School: OK, so there’s not a lot of drama with this one. Columbia captures the top spot on our Go-To list for the fifth straight year. That’s quite a record. The school sent nearly 68 percent of recent grads into associate gigs at the largest 100 firms. Davis Polk & Wardwell hired 24, while Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton took 19. Well played, Columbia.
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 is out today (read it here). But if you’re just interested in the short version, here’s a quick digest of the top 10 Go-To law schools. Enjoy!
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