Columbia Law School replaced the University of Pennsylvania Law School in the top spot, which Penn had held for two years straight. Columbia regained its No. 1 ranking from 2007 and 2008 and saw its percentage of new graduates at NLJ 250 firms rise from 53 percent last year to 65 percent this year.
Correction: We mistakenly omitted five University of Chicago graduates who were hired by Mayer Brown. The addition of these associates brings the percentage of 2013 Chicago graduates at NLJ 250 firms to 55.34%, which moves them from the No. 4 spot to No. 2.
*Based on survey responses from 178 NLJ 250 firms.
Methodology: Data for this Go-To Law Schools special report were provided by law firms surveyed for the NLJ 250, The National Law Journal's annual roundup of the largest 250 firms by headcount. For firms that did not submit new associate numbers, we relied on data from ALM Media LLC's RivalEdge database and independent reporting. The rankings do not reflect law graduates who took jobs as judicial clerks following graduation.