Eight California law schools landed in the top 50 of law.com’s annual Go-To Law Schools list this year. Each year the list ranks schools according to the percentage of J.D. graduates they placed at the nation’s largest 100 firms. Below are the eight Golden State schools and where they placed overall.
No. 10 - University of California, Berkeley School of Law: Berkeley fell out of U.S. News’ top 10 last year, but the Bay Area school just made the cut on the Go-To List's top 10 this year. More than 46 percent of its 308 grads snagged Big Law associate jobs, making Berkeley the highest-ranking Go-To school on the West Coast.
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!
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. 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. 21 - University of California, Irvine School of Law: All five of the University of California law schools made the Go-To list this year, with Irvine smack in the middle of that pack. The Orange County school moved up an eye-popping 22 spots this year due to both an increase in Big Law jobs and a decrease in the number of graduates.
No. 31 - University of California, Hastings College of the Law: Being located in a hotbed of tech activity has its advantages. UC Hastings placed almost 13 percent of the class of 2017 into Big Law. Six of its grads are now associates at Silicon Valley go-to firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
No. 37 - Santa Clara University School of Law: Santa Clara punches way above its rankings weight when it comes to Big Law hiring. The private school is ranked No. 132 by U.S. News & World Report, but sent more than 11 percent of the 2017 class on to associate gigs at large firms.
No. 44 - University of California, Davis School of Law: Davis may not be the state’s most glamorous town, but that hasn’t stopped major firms from snapping up the law school’s graduates. Nearly 9 percent of 2017 J.D.s headed off to Big Law.