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

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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 2019 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, according to data collected by U.S. News in an annual survey.

University of Pennsylvania (Carey)

U.S. News law school rank: 6 (tie)

Graduates employed in law firms: 75.8%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 80.3%

Learn more about the Carey Law School at Penn.

University of California–Berkeley

U.S. News law school rank: 9

Graduates employed in law firms: 65.3%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 80.6%

Learn more about the UC–Berkeley School of Law.

University of Chicago

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

Graduates employed in law firms: 62.3%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 80.6%

Learn more about the University of Chicago Law School.

Northwestern University (Pritzker) (IL)

U.S. News law school rank: 12

Graduates employed in law firms: 72%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 80.8%

Learn more about the Pritzker School of Law.

University of Virginia

U.S. News law school rank: 8

Graduates employed in law firms: 69.3%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 82.1%

Learn more about the University of Virginia School of Law.

Duke University (NC)

U.S. News law school rank: 10 (tie)

Graduates employed in law firms: 69.3%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 83.2%

Learn more about the Duke University School of Law.

Stanford University (CA)

U.S. News law school rank: 2

Graduates employed in law firms: 50.6%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 83.3%

Learn more about Stanford Law School.

New York University

U.S. News law school rank: 6 (tie)

Graduates employed in law firms: 75.9%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 84.3%

Learn more about NYU Law School.

Columbia University (NY)

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

Graduates employed in law firms: 82.6%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 86.4%

Learn more about Columbia Law School.

Harvard University (MA)

U.S. News law school rank: 3

Graduates employed in law firms: 59.2%

Portion of these graduates employed full time at large law firms: 86.9%

Learn more about Harvard Law School.

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Consider law schools with high full-time placement rates at large law firms.

— Harvard University: 86.9%

— Columbia University: 86.4%

— New York University: 84.3%

— Stanford University: 83.3%

— Duke University: 83.2%

— University of Virginia: 82.1%

— Northwestern University (Pritzker): 80.8%

— University of California–Berkeley: 80.6%

— University of Chicago: 80.6%

— University of Pennsylvania (Carey): 80.3%

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

Update 05/26/21: This slideshow has been updated to reflect ranks and data from the 2022 U.S. News Best Law Schools rankings.

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