During the past two years, the ABA has significantly increased the amount and detail of information it requires law schools to report about job placement. It also has worked to get the information to the public much faster — the better to guide law school applicants. The organization breaks down the types of jobs graduates have landed and whether they are full-time, long-term or short-term positions, and identifies the three states where graduates of each law school were most likely to find work.
The key takeaway is that the job market for new lawyers improved not much at all in 2012.
The National Law Journal waded through jobs data from all 202 ABA-accredited law schools to learn which performed the best in a number of areas.
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George Washington University School of Law sent nearly 23 percent of its class of 2012 into jobs paid for by the school itself. Rutgers School of Law–Camden sent the largest percentage of its class to state court clerkships. Those are among the thousands of nuggets of information contained in a data trove released recently by the American Bar Association.
Also: our coverage of the NLJ’s Go-To Law Schools, in which we rank the schools based on job placement at the largest U.S. law firms.
WHERE THE JOBS ARE
These 20 law schools placed the highest percentage of their 2012 graduates in full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage.
Want to work in Big Law? These law schools sent the highest percentages of their class of 2012 into permanent, full-time jobs at law firms of 100 or more lawyers.
These law schools had the highest percentage of their class of 2012 who were seeking jobs but had not secured any employment nine months after graduation.
FALLING SHORT OF THE DREAM
Unemployment figures alone don’t offer a complete picture of law grads struggling the most on the job market because they exclude graduates in temporary or part-time work, or graduates in nonprofessional jobs.
These law schools had the highest percentage of 2012 graduates in jobs that were financed by the school itself.
GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC INTEREST
These law schools sent the highest percentage of their class of 2012 into either government jobs, such as prosecutors, or public interest jobs, such as public defenders or nonprofit attorneys.
These schools sent the largest percentage of their class of 2012 into clerkships with federal judges.
These schools sent the largest percentage of their class of 2012 into clerkships with state judges.