Top Law Schools for Placing Graduates in Jobs in Massachusetts by Number

If you are planning on attending law school and seeking to gain employment in the state of Massachusetts afterwards then this ranking may be helpful for you to consider your options. This ranking is based on the employment data provided by the ABA and is subject to the limitations of that data.  Since the ABA does not break down employment type by state, it is important to note that this ranking includes all types of jobs and not just law graduates employed as attorneys. Also, the ABA only reports the placements from the top three jurisdictions for each law school and so some schools may be omitted from this list based on that limitation.  For instance, Harvard almost certainly placed more than 5 students in jobs in Massachusetts, but since the top three placement jurisdictions for 2013 Harvard graduates were New York, California and Washington D.C. , the ABA did not report the number of Harvard’s graduate placements in Massachusetts.

Law School Name State

USN Rnk

Empl % at 9 Mo. # of Grads Empl in MA % of Grads Empl in MA
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY MA

NR

69.31%

258

54%

NEW ENGLAND LAW | BOSTON MA

NR

77.78%

193

56%

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY MA

93

82.57%

126

58%

BOSTON COLLEGE MA

36

87.75%

119

47%

BOSTON UNIVERSITY MA

27

87.41%

116

42%

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH MA

NR

71.84%

58

56%

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY MA

NR

78.20%

37

28%

CONNECTICUT, UNIVERSITY OF CT

54

81.82%

20

11%

ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY RI

NR

73.14%

17

10%

NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY OF NH

93

85.05%

13

12%

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY CT

118

82.43%

5

3%

 

Georgia Law Grad Job Placements Broken Down by Law School

If you are a prospective law student and you hail from the Peach State (or at least you aspire to practice in Georgia following law school), then this is the law school ranking for you.  This listing includes the top 12 law schools for placing graduates in jobs in Georgia.  You should note that the employment data is not broken down based on the type of job and non-lawyer placements are included in these numbers.

The ABA provides data on the number of employed graduates working in lawyer jobs based on each school and employment by state, but does not provide employment data by state and job type together.  Generally speaking, the higher ranked law schools typically place more graduates in attorney positions and so the U.S. News Rankings are included in this list.  Also, the higher ranked schools tend to place more graduates in large law firms in New York and California and so the lower percentage of graduates employed in Georgia for higher ranked law schools is likely a function of their graduates having more options both inside and outside the state. This listing is based on the total number of 2013 graduates placed in Georgia nine months after graduation, but also includes the graduates from that law school placed in Georgia as a percentage of the law school’s graduating class.

Law School Name

USN Rnk

# of Grads Empl in GA % of Grads Empl in GA
ATLANTA’S JOHN MARSHALL LAW SHOOL

NR

166

71%

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

64

156

80%

EMORY UNIVERSITY

19

147

50%

GEORGIA, UNIVERSITY OF

29

138

59%

MERCER UNIVERSITY

104

112

71%

SAMFORD UNIVERSITY

135

19

12%

FLORIDA COASTAL SCHOOL OF LAW

NR

18

3%

SOUTH CAROLINA, UNIVERSITY OF

93

9

4%

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

72

6

3%

TENNESSEE, UNIVERSITY OF

72

6

4%

ARKANSAS, LITTLE ROCK, UNIVERSITY OF

121

5

3%

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

45

5

2%

 

The above data is based on employment information provided by the law schools to the ABA and is subject to the same limitations as the ABA data.

The Top Ranked Law Schools for Placing Graduates in Jobs in North Carolina

The Top Law Schools for Placing Students in Jobs in the State of North Carolina

This ranking lists the top law schools for placing law graduates in jobs in the State of North Carolina. While on its face the list may surprise you, it is worth noting some of the limitations of this ranking. The list is based on total 2013 graduates employed 9 months after graduation without regard to the type of position. The ABA does not provide data for the type of position broken out on a State by State basis. Since lower ranked law schools typically place a lower percentage of graduates in attorney positions, this ranking includes the 2015 U.S. News ranking for each school.

Law School Name

USN Rnk

Empl % 9 Mo. after Graduation # of Grads Empl in NC % of Grads Empl in NC
CHARLOTTE SCHOOL OF LAW

NR

82.00%

191

55%

NORTH CAROLINA, UNIVERSITY OF

31

82.26%

115

46%

CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY

121

90.37%

110

81%

ELON UNIVERSITY

NR

70.49%

72

59%

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

NR

46.75%

60

36%

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

31

77.99%

59

37%

DUKE UNIVERSITY

10

93.36%

27

11%

SOUTH CAROLINA, UNIVERSITY OF

93

85.71%

17

8%

CHARLESTON SCHOOL OF LAW

NR

83.11%

10

4%

It also is a little surprising how few graduates from Duke were placed in jobs in the State of North Carolina, but as a top ten institution Duke draws a lot of students from across the country and also places a significant number of students in large firms in New York and D.C.

Ranking of Law Schools Based on Graduate Placement in Pennsylvania Jobs

This ranking may be helpful to you if you are considering going to law school and you hope to work in Pennsylvania following graduation. The following information is based on data provided by the American Bar Association as reported by each law school and only law schools with 5 or more placements in the state of Pennsylvania were included.

One important thing to note is that the numbers are based on total employment and so non-attorney positions are included in this data. The ABA does not break down its employment data based on type of job on a state by state basis, although total employment job types are available. Since the higher ranked law schools typically place a higher percentage of graduates in attorney positions, the 2015 U.S. News rankings are included.

Law School Name Law School State

USN Rnk

# of Grads Empl in PA % of Grads Empl in PA
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PA

61

189

64%

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY PA

121

161

79%

PITTSBURGH, UNIVERSITY OF PA

81

147

61%

WIDENER UNIVERSITY-DELAWARE DE

NR

107

38%

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY PA

93

95

40%

WIDENER UNIVERSITY-HARRISBURG PA

NR

73

60%

DREXEL UNIVERSITY PA

129

68

49%

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY PA

51

58

29%

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-CAMDEN NJ

81

48

17%

PENNSYLVANIA, UNIVERSITY OF PA

7

36

14%

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY WV

83

9

7%

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY NY

107

9

4%

OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY OH

NR

9

9%

 

It should also be noted that since these numbers are based on the ABA data, this ranking is subject to all the same limitations applicable to the ABA employment numbers.

Employment Numbers Suggest that Aspiring Law Students Who Want to Work in Arizona Should Go to Law School in Arizona

Aspiring Law Students Who Want to Work in Arizona Should Go to Law School in Arizona

The latest ABA data for the law student hiring market in Arizona indicates that firms in Arizona tend to look first to students at Arizona-based law schools.  While it is not uncommon for law schools to place significant numbers of students in the same state where that law school resides, Arizona is unique in terms of how few students from non-Arizona law schools have been able to attain employment in the State. In fact, of the 434 law students hired in Arizona from the 2013 graduating class, 421 of them (or 97%) were educated in the State of Arizona.[1]  The following ranks the law schools which placed the most graduates in positions within the state of Arizona by number:

Law School Name State

USN Rnk

2013 Grads Empl. in AZ % of Grads Empl. In AZ
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY AZ

31

172

84%

ARIZONA SUMMIT LAW SCHOOL AZ

NR

167

60%

ARIZONA, UNIVERSITY OF AZ

40

82

56%

SAN DIEGO, UNIVERSITY OF CA

79

4

1%

CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW CA

NR

4

1%

NEW MEXICO, UNIVERSITY OF NM

72

3

3%

GOLDEN GATE UNIVERSITY CA

NR

2

1%

 

It is important to note that this particular listing is based on employment numbers only, without consideration for whether the position is as an attorney or other professional. Since the law schools that are ranked higher tend to place more students in lawyer positions, I included the 2015 US News Ranking for each law school.

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  1. This ranking only includes hires in the state of Arizona if the hire was included in the ABA numbers and Arizona was one of the top 3 hiring states for that particular law school.

Law Schools with the Most Job Placements in Virginia

The Top Law Schools for Placing Students in Jobs in the State of North Carolina

If you are considering law school with the goal of practicing in Virginia then this ranking might be helpful as you consider your options.  As with all rankings, it is important to read the results in context of what outside factors might be driving these numbers. For instance, the University of Virginia placed only 17% of its graduates in the state of Virginia.  This result is driven by a couple of factors. First, UVA places more attorneys in the both the jurisdictions of New York and the District of Columbia than in Virginia. Second, as a top ten law school, Virginia draws applications and students from all over the country and so its placements are likely less focused in the immediate area of the law school compared to other law schools in Virginia.

An aspiring attorney seeking to practice in Virginia, if given the choice, would certainly be better-served attending Virginia’s flagship law school, a top 10 program, than attending a much lower ranked law school based solely on the number of Virginia placements. That said, this ranking is still helpful in terms of determining what kind of connections a particular law school is likely to have within its alumni network in Virginia.  It should be noted that these numbers are based on the total employment of law graduates in Virginia and do not reflect the total number of attorney positions. The higher ranked law schools typically have a higher percentage of graduates hired as attorneys and so the 2015 U.S. News Ranking is included.

 

Law School Name USN Rnk # of Grads Empl. In VA % of Grads Empl. In VA
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

46

114

45%

RICHMOND, UNIVERSITY OF

51

92

65%

WILLIAM AND MARY LAW SCHOOL

24

71

33%

VIRGINIA, UNIVERSITY OF

8

61

17%

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

72

49

10%

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

20

46

8%

REGENT UNIVERSITY

NR

36

26%

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA

107

34

14%

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

NR

30

32%

WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY

43

22

15%

APPALACHIAN SCHOOL OF LAW

NR

17

19%

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

NR

13

16%

BALTIMORE, UNIVERSITY OF

135

12

4%

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

31

10

6%

MARYLAND, UNIVERSITY OF

46

10

3%

CHARLESTON SCHOOL OF LAW

NR

7

3%

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

51

6

3%

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

83

6

5%

The data in this ranking is based on the employment data for 2013 graduates 9 months after graduation that is provided by the law schools to the ABA. Only law schools which placed 6 or more graduates in Virginia were included in this ranking.

The Top 18 Law Schools for Placing Graduates in New Jersey Jobs

Top Law Schools for Placing Graduates in Jobs in New Jersey

The Top 18 Law Schools for Placing Graduates in New Jersey Jobs

If you are looking to go to a law school that will set you up for employment in the Garden State, then this ranking could be very helpful to you.  Below is a ranking of law schools placing graduates in jobs in New Jersey based on the 2013 graduating class as reported to the ABA.  Also included is the percentage of graduates from each law school employed in New Jersey. There are a couple of important things to note when reading this ranking.  First, the ABA numbers do not distinguish between the types of employment when broken down by state and so these jobs are not necessarily lawyer positions.  Since the higher ranked schools tend to place more students in lawyer positions, we included the U.S. News ranking for each of these institutions below. Also, as one might accurately assume, most of the law schools on this list also place a significant number of graduates in the New York market.

Law School Name

USN Rnk

# of Grads Empl in NJ % of Grads Empl. In NJ
SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

68

186

60%

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-NEWARK

83

153

57%

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-CAMDEN

81

143

52%

NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL

140

38

7%

WIDENER UNIVERSITY-DELAWARE

NR

37

13%

CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW

64

24

6%

FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

36

23

5%

PACE UNIVERSITY

140

20

7%

BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL

83

19

4%

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

61

19

6%

DREXEL UNIVERSITY

129

18

13%

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

93

14

6%

TOURO COLLEGE

NR

10

4%

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

107

8

3%

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

135

8

3%

CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

113

8

6%

WIDENER UNIVERSITY-HARRISBURG

NR

7

6%

ALBANY LAW SCHOOL OF UNION UNIVERSITY

118

5

3%

 

Since the employment numbers above are based on the ABA data for employment of the 2013 graduating class nine months after graduation as reported by each respective law school, this ranking is subject to the same limitations as the ABA employment data.

The Top Law Schools for Placing Graduates in Jobs in Ohio

Ranking of Law School Job Placements in Ohio

If you’re an aspiring law student looking to practice law in the Buckeye state following graduation, then this ranking is perfect for you.  This ranking lists the law schools that placed 2013 graduates in positions in Ohio by number and indicates what percentage of the law school’s total graduates this number represents.

Law School Name

USN Rnk

# of Grads Empl in OH % of Grads Empl in OH
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

31

164

73%

CAPITAL UNIVERSITY

NR

126

68%

AKRON, UNIVERSITY OF

121

122

73%

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

64

117

50%

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

115

116

73%

CINCINNATI, UNIVERSITY OF

79

80

54%

DAYTON, UNIVERSITY OF

NR

72

49%

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

NR

68

43%

TOLEDO, UNIVERSITY OF

140

59

50%

OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY

NR

27

28%

 

You should note that these numbers are based on total employment as opposed to the total number employed in attorney jobs. The ABA data does not break down the types of employment by law school and state, but it does break down employment type by law school. Since the higher ranked law schools typically make more placements in attorney positions, this listing includes the 2015 U.S. News rankings for each law school.

 

By the Numbers: Law Schools that Place Graduates in Jobs in the State of Illinois

Find Out Which Law Schools Place Graduates in Illinois Jobs

If you are seeking to go to law school in hopes of working in the Land of Lincoln upon graduation, then this list of the law schools which place the most graduates in paying jobs in Illinois may be a helpful tool as you consider where to apply to or attend law school.  The following is a list of the top law schools for placing graduates in paying jobs in the State of Illinois, although it should be noted that these numbers are based on the total jobs for graduates and do not reflect the number of lawyer positions:

School Name State

USN Rnk

# of Grads Empl. In IL % of Grads Empl. In IL
JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL IL

NR

318

71%

CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW-IIT IL

72

200

71%

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO IL

68

195

68%

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY IL

121

191

67%

ILLINOIS, UNIVERSITY OF IL

40

138

60%

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY IL

12

104

37%

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY IL

NR

80

68%

CHICAGO, UNIVERSITY OF IL

4

62

29%

MICHIGAN, UNIVERSITY OF MI

10

61

15%

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY-CARBONDALE IL

NR

55

43%

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY MO

18

37

12%

SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY MO

93

34

11%

INDIANA UNIVERSITY – BLOOMINGTON IN

29

33

15%

THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL MI

NR

31

3%

NOTRE DAME, UNIVERSITY OF IN

26

29

16%

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY IN

NR

24

15%

IOWA, UNIVERSITY OF IA

27

21

11%

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY MI

87

21

7%

WISCONSIN, UNIVERSITY OF WI

31

18

7%

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY WI

93

15

6%

DAYTON, UNIVERSITY OF OH

NR

9

6%

MIAMI, UNIVERSITY OF FL

61

8

2%

INDIANA UNIVERSITY – INDIANAPOLIS IN

87

6

2%

CINCINNATI, UNIVERSITY OF OH

79

6

4%

MISSOURI, UNIVERSITY OF MO

64

5

4%

DENVER, UNIVERSITY OF CO

68

5

2%

AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW FL

NR

5

3%

 

Since the more highly ranked law schools typically place a higher percentage of graduates in lawyer positions, this post includes the applicable 2015 US News law school ranking for each law school. The employment data is based on the ABA data reported by each law school and so this information is subject to the same limitations as the underlying ABA employment data.

Prayer in Town Meetings Upheld & Other Recent Supreme Court Decisions

The United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. - Photo by John S. Treu

Interesting cases this last week from the Supreme Court involved prayer in town hall meetings, mandatory restitution in a mortgage fraud case, and reversing a summary judgment in an excessive force case.

In Town of Greece v. Galloway the high court reversed the Second Circuit’s ruling that prayers offered at the beginning of town hall meetings violated the establishment clause because, even though they were open to all creeds, the prayers were predominantly offered by individuals of christian faiths incident to the fact that nearly all of the Congregations local to the town were christian.[1] Justice Kennedy, delivered the 5-4 opinion of the court finding that the practice did not violate the establishment clause based on Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U. S. 783, thereby upholding the long history of legislative prayer as a non-coercive practice that is deeply rooted in the tradition and heritage of the U.S. legislative process.

The Court rejected the respondent’s position that only a generic or non-sectarian prayer to an unspecified God could be offered as such a policy would “force legislatures sponsoring prayers and the courts deciding these cases to act as supervisors and censors of religious speech…” Justice Kagan delivered a dissent joined by Ginsburg, Breyer and Sotomayor finding it persuasive that the prayers were all christian. Apparently ignorant of the fact that there are tens of thousands of different christian religions and several different denominations offered prayers for the Town of Greece, Kagan ironically writes about a lack of religious diversity by deftly painting all christian faiths with the same brush and even making several references to these many separate religions as the same single religion and faith.

In Robers v. United States the Court provided interpretation for the definition of property pursuant to the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act of 1996.[2] The decision affected the proper calculation for restitution that Benjamin Robers was ordered to pay incident to his conviction for submitting fraudulent mortgage applications.

In Tolan v. Cotton, a suit against a police officer for excessive force in a shooting incident that was dismissed on summary judgement, the Court held that a reading of the facts in the light most favorable to the non-moving party precluded summary judgment based on the officer’s qualified immunity.[3]

Footnotes    (↵ returns to text)
  1. Town of Greece v. Galloway, 572 U. S. ____ (2014)
  2.  Robers v. United States, 572 U. S. ____ (2014); Mandatory Victims Restitution Act of 1996, 18 U. S. C. §§3663A–3664
  3.  Tolan v. Cotton, 572 U. S. ____ (2014)