10 Law Schools That Lead to Full-Time Jobs at Big Law Firms

Prepare for a corporate law career.

Becoming a first-year associate at a large corporate law firm isn’t easy, experts say. With full-time, first-year associate positions at large law firms typically paying six-figure salaries, the competition for these entry-level legal jobs is intense. But experts say aspiring lawyers who attend highly ranked law schools usually have better odds of finding work at large law firms than their peers at lower-ranked schools. Here are the 10 law schools where class of 2018 graduates employed at law firms were most likely to possess full-time jobs lasting at least a year at firms with more than 500 lawyers.

University of Chicago

U.S. News law school rank: 4 (tie)

Graduates employed in law firms: 60.9%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 78.9%

Learn more about the University of Chicago Law School.

Cornell University (NY)

U.S. News law school rank: 13

Graduates employed in law firms: 74.1%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 79.3%

Learn more about Cornell Law School.

Columbia University (NY)

U.S. News law school rank: 4 (tie)

Graduates employed in law firms: 81.6%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 81.9%

Learn more about Columbia Law School.

Yale University (CT)

U.S. News law school rank: 1

Graduates employed in law firms: 30.8%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 82.8%

Learn more about Yale Law School.

University of Pennsylvania (Carey)

U.S. News law school rank: 7

Graduates employed in law firms: 75.5%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 83.5%

Learn more about the Carey Law School at Penn.

New York University

U.S. News law school rank: 6

Graduates employed in law firms: 77%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 83.9%

Learn more about NYU Law School.

Northwestern University (Pritzker) (IL)

U.S. News law school rank: 9 (tie)

Graduates employed in law firms: 76.2%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 84.1%

Learn more about the Pritzker School of Law.

Harvard University (MA)

U.S. News law school rank: 3

Graduates employed in law firms: 63.1%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 84.4%

Learn more about Harvard Law School.

University of Virginia

U.S. News law school rank: 8

Graduates employed in law firms: 71.4%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 85.7%

Learn more about the University of Virginia School of Law.

Stanford University (CA)

U.S. News law school rank: 2

Graduates employed in law firms: 53.2%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 90%

Learn more about Stanford Law School.

Find law schools where grads get jobs.

Discover law schools that have impressive job placement statistics and offer high-quality career services. And find out what law schools are doing to help their students become more employable. See the 2021 Best Law Schools rankings, and follow U.S. News Education on Twitter and Facebook.

Consider law schools with high placement rates at large law firms.

— Stanford University

— University of Virginia

— Harvard University

— Northwestern University (Pritzker)

— New York University

— University of Pennsylvania (Carey)

— Yale University

— Columbia University

— Cornell University

— University of Chicago

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10 Law Schools That Lead to Full-Time Jobs at Big Law Firms originally appeared on usnews.com

Update 04/22/20: This slideshow has been updated to reflect the 2021 Best Law Schools rankings.

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