Weren’t the Oscars just a royal bore? Much more exciting is The National Law Journal’s newly released go-to list—the much anticipated compilation of law schools most favored by the firms of the NLJ 250. . .

So what law school should you attend if you want to maximize your chances of getting a Big Law job? Here are the law school winners in three categories:

1. Best-Performing Law School for New Associate Hires: Penn. By a healthy margin (5 percent more than its nearest competitor), University of Pennsylvania Law School placed the highest percentage of 2012 graduates into NLJ 250 firms. Last year, Penn also got first place in this category. 

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