Eight California law schools once again landed in the top 50 of law.com’s annual Go-To Law Schools list this year, matching last year’s tally of Golden State schools on the list. Each year the list ranks schools according to the percentage of J.D. graduates they place at the nation’s largest 100 law firms. Below, in ascending order, are the California schools and where they placed on the overall list unveiled last week.
44. Santa Clara University School of Law dropped seven spots from its perch at No. 37 on last year’s list but still managed to send 22 recent grads to Big Law, many at Silicon Valley powerhouses, including Morrison & Foerster and Cooley.
41. The University of California, Davis School of Law made the biggest leap of California schools on this year’s Go-To list, jumping up three slots from No. 44. The school had 10.73 percent of the class of 2018 go onto associate gigs at large firms, including Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
33. Dropping two spots from No. 31 on last year's list, the University of California Hastings College of the Law sent 38 recent grads to Big Law, or 13.72 percent.
23. The University of California, Irvine School of Law drops two spots this year after coming in at No. 21 on last year's list. The school sent 24.56 of its class of 2018 to Big Law. Latham & Watkins, Perkins Coie, and Ogletree Deakins each hired two.
20. The University of California at Los Angeles School of Law drops five slots from No. 15 on last year’s list. UCLA sent nearly 31 percent of 2018 graduates into Big Law jobs. Among that class, 98 grads are now associates at large firms.
17. The University of Southern California Gould School of Law dropped one spot this year to No. 17, sending 67 of its recent grads into Big Law, or 32.84 percent. Traditional SoCal powerhouses come calling at USC frequently: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher hired five alums, while Latham & Watkins brought on four.
12. Stanford Law School lands at No. 12, one spot lower than its No. 11 finish in 2018. The school sent 41.45 percent of recent graduates into large firms. Stanford might be lower on the Go-To list than expected given its No. 2 U.S. News ranking. But the Palo Alto school’s strong federal clerkship track record means a certain percentage of newly minted alums are diverted from Big Law associate spots.
10. The University of California, Berkeley School of Law once again tops the California schools on the list, holding steady in the No. 10 slot. Nearly 42 percent of 2018 graduates went into Big Law.