Archive for May 2014

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)

Interesting Articles for Law Schools and Attorney Placement from Last Week

The news for law schools this week was dominated by articles addressing the still recently-released employment numbers for law school graduates. Below are a few interesting articles and posts from around the web.
Diving Into More Law School Employment Data From The WSJ, By Dan Filler, May 6, 2014 (The Faculty Lounge) – Noting that the average employment numbers when broken down by tiers of schools based on U.S. News Rankings (e.g. top 10, top 25 and top 50) can be fairly misleading as the elite schools included in those numbers greatly inflate the overall averages as outliers. The article also notes that any employment numbers should be analyzed in light of the many law school funded positions, which are particularly prevalent among schools in the top 10.
The Top 18 Law Schools for Placing Law Graduates in Florida Jobs, By John Treu (Fuller Law Blog) – Ranks the top law schools based on graduate employment in the State of Florida by number and also includes the total employment percentage for each law school included in the ranking.

 

Rookie [Law School Professor] Hiring 2013-14, By Brian Leitner, May 6, 2014 (Brian Leitner’s Law School Reports) – Noting that law school hiring continues to be dismally low at only 64 tenure-track junior faculty hires nationwide within the last year. The numbers, which are based on Sarah Lawsky’s annual record of law school hiring, are significantly down from the historical averages and the number of law professors required to sustain even a significantly fewer number of law schools than are currently in existence.

 

The Top 18 Law Schools for Placing Law Graduates in Florida Jobs

Majority of Florida Law Jobs are Given to Grads of Florida Law Schools

Recently-released ABA employment data for the law class of 2013 provides an interesting look at which law schools place the most graduates in jobs in the Florida market.  Not surprisingly, the top 11 schools are located in Florida with the remainder generally also being located in the South, Fordham and Valparaiso being the only exceptions.  The ABA data does break out the JD graduate employment information by state and by type of job, but not both at the same time.  So this list includes the 2015 US News ranking and it should be noted that the higher ranked schools typically place a higher percentage of students in positions that require bar passage.

School Name State

USN Rnk

2013 Grads Empl. in FL % of ’13 Class Empl. In FL
MIAMI, UNIVERSITY OF FL

61

288

67%

STETSON UNIVERSITY FL

93

258

80%

FLORIDA COASTAL SCHOOL OF LAW FL

NR

239

43%

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FL

NR

238

78%

FLORIDA, UNIVERSITY OF FL

49

190

54%

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY FL

45

176

74%

ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY (FLORIDA) FL

NR

139

60%

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FL

100

125

75%

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY FL

NR

123

56%

BARRY UNIVERSITY FL

NR

103

51%

AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW FL

NR

62

39%

ATLANTA’S JOHN MARSHALL LAW SHOOL GA

NR

8

3%

TENNESSEE, UNIVERSITY OF TN

72

8

5%

REGENT UNIVERSITY VA

NR

7

5%

FORDHAM UNIVERSITY NY

36

7

1%

GEORGIA, UNIVERSITY OF GA

29

6

3%

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY IN

NR

6

4%

SAMFORD UNIVERSITY AL

135

5

3%

 

The above list is limited to law schools which placed 5 or more students in positions in the State of Florida as well as any other limitations that apply generally to the ABA-reported law graduate employment data.