Tom Petty said it best when he sang “the waiting Is the hardest part.” So we’re here to ease your pain and offer a preview of Law.com’s 2019 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 100 largest law firms.
Our full report will publish Friday, but we’re trickling out the results over the course of the week. Here are schools 11-20 on our list. To see the schools we unveiled earlier, including the University of Houston, go here, here, and here. Enjoy!
20. The University of California at Los Angeles School of Law ushers us into the top 20 Go-To Law Schools, sending nearly 31 percent of 2018 graduates into Big Law jobs. Among that class, 98 grads are now associates at large firms.
19. Our list finally makes it to Bean Town, where Boston College Law School snags the No. 19 spot. Among its recent grads, 30.97 percent are now Big Law associates. Ropes & Gray hired 10, while Goodwin Procter picked up six.
18. The thinnest of margins separates No. 19 Boston College from its in-town competitor the Boston University School of Law, which lands at No. 18. Boston University sent 31.72 percent of the class of 2018 into Big Law, up from 26 percent the previous year.
17. The University of Southern California Gould School of Law sent 67 of its recent grads into Big Law, or 32.84 percent. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher hired five, while Latham & Watkins brought on four. Well played, Trojans!
16. We’re back in Texas for our No. 16 Go-To Law School: The University of Texas School of Law, which is the state’s highest ranking school on our list and also a relative bargain with tuition under $20,000. Among the recent graduating class, 34 snared Big Law jobs.
15. 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 the New York school’s recent graduates are now large firm associates, up from about a quarter last year.
14. Vanderbilt University Law School remained popular with large firms this year, sending on 37.43 percent of 2018 graduates. Milbank hired the largest batch, at six.
13. The University of Michigan Law School moved up one spot on our list this year to No. 13. The Ann Arbor campus had nearly 40 percent of its 2018 grads go into Big Law associates jobs. Jones Day alone hired 10.
12. Stanford Law School lands at No. 12, having sent 41.45 percent of recent graduates into large firms. Like Yale, Stanford appears lower on our Go-To list than one might assume given its No. 2 U.S. News ranking, but the Palo Alto school’s strong federal clerkship track record means a smaller percentage are currently Big Law associates.
11. Georgetown University Law Center claims the highest rank among the two Washington law schools that made our list this year. Of 2018 graduates, 41.51 percent are now in Big Law.