Archive for July 2014

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.