New York edition!
New York City made its first appearance on the list this year at number 47. Brooklyn Law School slipped one spot from last year, but the school actually sent a slightly higher percentage of 2018 graduates to large firms at nearly 10 percent.
St. John’s University School of Law may not have a tony Manhattan address, but Big Law still makes it out to Queens to recruit and hire its students. Among the 2018 J.D. class, 10.62 percent are now working as first-year associates.
Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law landed at number 42. Like Brooklyn Law School just across the East River, Cardozo fell one spot this year yet sent a slightly higher percentage of recent graduates to Big Law, at 10.66.
Fordham University School of Law made an impressive jump from No. 20 last year to No. 15 on this year’s list. More than 36 percent of recent graduates are now large firm associates, up from about a quarter last year.


Cornell Law School jumped up this year as well, from No. 9 last year to No. 6. The school sent slightly more than 54 percent of recent grads into Big Law—an improvement over last year’s 48 percent.
New York University School of Law holds tight at No. 3 on our Go-To Law Schools List, sending slightly more than 60 percent of the class of 2018 into Big Law—a three-percent gain over the previous year. Cleary hired 20, while Davis Polk snagged 19.
If Columbia Law School looks familiar atop our Go-To Law Schools list, it’s because this marks the sixth straight year it has come in at No. 1. It managed to put even more distance between itself and the No. 2 school (University of Pennsylvania Law School), sending more than 71 percent of 2018 graduates into associate jobs at the largest 100 firms. That’s 11 percentage points higher than any other law school. Well done!’s Go-To Law Schools ranks the 50 law schools that sent the highest percentage of their 2018 juris doctor graduates into associate positions at the country’s 100 largest law firms. New York remains well-represented this year, with nearly half of the state’s schools making the grade.

Check out the full report, available here, for commentary on the summer associate hiring market, data on partnership promotions, and interactive charts with detailed associate hiring data.