No. 20 - Fordham University School of Law: Fordham holds on to the No. 20 spot for the second straight year. The Manhattan school sent slightly more than a quarter of its 348 recent grads into large firm associate jobs. Latham & Watkins alone hired six.
No. 19 - Boston University School of Law: Sure, the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss stung. But more than 26 percent of BU’s 2017 law grads can take comfort in their lucrative Big Law associate gigs. After all, a $180,000 salary buys plenty of Ben & Jerry’s and talk therapy.
No. 18 - Yale Law School: Yes, this school anointed the best in the country annually by U.S. News & World Report is just No. 18 on our Big Law hiring list, with 28 percent of grads at large firms. Don’t feel too bad for the rest of the class, though. Those overachievers are probably clerking for a federal judge or off saving the world.
No. 17 - University of Texas School of Law: We’re making our final stop in Texas, where UT sent upwards of 28 percent of recent graduates on to Big Law. The Austin school is also by far the most affordable in our top 20, with a tuition of just over $35,000. Hook ’em Horns!
No. 16 - University of Southern California Gould School of Law: Who likes USC? Paul Hastings likes USC. The firm hired eight of the school’s most recent graduates, helping boost its Big Law placement rate to 31 percent.
No. 15 - University of California at Los Angeles School of Law: UCLA and its crosstown rival USC were neck-and-neck with large firm recruiting this year. UCLA had about a half a percent edge, however, with not quite 32 percent of 2017 graduates now working as Big Law associates.
No. 14 - University of Michigan Law School: Ann Arbor is lovely in August. No wonder so many law firms want to head there to recruit bright young associates from the University of Michigan. The school placed 37 percent of recent grads at large firms. Go Blue!
No. 13 - Vanderbilt University Law School: Size matters, at least when you are placing students in highly competitive Big Law associate jobs. Vanderbilt’s relatively small 2017 graduating class—188 students—helped the school send nearly 39 percent to large firms. Bradley Arant Boult Cummings hired eight.
No. 12 - Georgetown University Law Center: In sheer numbers, Georgetown sent the fourth-largest cohort of graduates to large firms in 2017—an impressive 271. With 673 total graduates, that translates to slightly more than 40 percent, which puts the Washington school just outside our top 10. Take heart, Georgetown. You’re the highest-ranking school in the nation’s capital.
No. 11 - Stanford Law School: Like Yale, Stanford is one of those law schools that appear lower on our Go-To list than one might think, given its No. 2 U.S. News ranking. And like Yale, some 2017 graduates are doing federal clerkships this year and may end up in Big Law eventually. But for now, nearly 43 percent are working at large firms. Not too bad!
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 will publish on March 9, but today we have a sneak peek of schools 11-20 on our list. They include the school ranked the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, two Los Angeles campuses that ran neck and neck, and schools in Texas, Michigan, and Tennessee that made Big Law waves despite being outside major legal markets. Enjoy!