New associate hiring held strong in 2017, with the country’s largest 100 law firms bringing on 4,199 recent law graduates. Among the 50 schools most popular with those firms, 29 percent of last year’s graduates landed associate jobs, up slightly from the previous year.

We’ve ranked the top 50 law schools according to the percentage of their 2017 juris doctor graduates who took associate jobs at the largest 100 firms. To determine the largest 100 firms, we used The National Law Journal’s annual survey of law firms by lawyer head count. We also looked at which law schools saw the most alumni promoted to partner in 2017, which firms hired the most associates, and how each school’s tuition compares to its Big Law placement rate. Explore the data below for a closer look at how large firms hire new associates. —Karen Sloan

Karen Sloan |
Columbia Law School has landed at the No. 1 spot on our Go-To List for half a decade. In 2017, the Manhattan school sent nearly 68 percent of graduates into Big Law associate jobs.


These schools sent the highest percentage of 2017 graduates to associate jobs at the largest 100 firms.

These schools saw the most alumni promoted to partner in 2017.

Here’s a look at how much it costs to attend a law school that has a strong Big Law track record.

How our rankings match up with theirs.

See which law schools firms hired from the most.

See hiring stats for every school that sent a 2017 graduate to one of the largest 100 firms.

Our interactive database allows you to search where each Go-To law school sent graduates, and from which schools the largest 100 firms hired new associates.


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