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.

Top Law Schools for Finding Employment in New York

The Best Law Schools For Placing Graduates in New York Jobs

This ranking lists the top law schools for placing graduates in jobs in the State of New York.  If you are hoping to work in the big apple following graduation from law school, this list may be helpful as you consider where you may wish to attend or apply. Only law schools that placed 5 or more graduates in jobs in the State of New York are included in the ranking.

Law School Name Law School State

USN Rnk

Empl % 9 Mo. After Graduation # of Grads Empl in NY % of Grads Empl in NY
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY NY

36

90.64%

372

77%

BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL NY

83

88.49%

363

76%

NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL NY

140

80.07%

360

64%

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY NY

6

95.72%

341

64%

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY NY

4

97.25%

291

67%

CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW NY

64

78.14%

250

63%

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY NY

107

86.08%

238

77%

HARVARD UNIVERSITY MA

2

96.19%

197

34%

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY NY

135

74.29%

187

59%

PACE UNIVERSITY NY

140

80.95%

181

62%

TOURO COLLEGE NY

NR

76.09%

161

70%

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY DC

13

93.02%

144

22%

ALBANY LAW SCHOOL OF UNION UNIVERSITY NY

118

82.65%

141

72%

CORNELL UNIVERSITY NY

13

92.23%

109

56%

PENNSYLVANIA, UNIVERSITY OF PA

7

97.30%

104

40%

CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK NY

113

80.43%

87

63%

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY NY

107

80.39%

82

40%

MICHIGAN, UNIVERSITY OF MI

10

89.72%

68

17%

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-NEWARK NJ

83

87.04%

65

24%

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY DC

20

93.53%

64

11%

UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO-SUNY NY

100

81.55%

63

27%

VIRGINIA, UNIVERSITY OF VA

8

97.80%

62

17%

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY IL

12

94.37%

60

21%

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY NJ

68

89.00%

57

18%

YALE UNIVERSITY CT

1

92.61%

51

25%

DUKE UNIVERSITY NC

10

93.36%

50

21%

BOSTON UNIVERSITY MA

27

87.41%

41

15%

CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY, UNIVERSITY OF CA

9

93.02%

34

11%

CHICAGO, UNIVERSITY OF IL

4

97.21%

34

16%

EMORY UNIVERSITY GA

19

97.60%

33

11%

THOMAS M. COOLEY LAW SCHOOL MI

NR

62.47%

33

3%

STANFORD UNIVERSITY CA

3

95.88%

31

16%

BOSTON COLLEGE MA

36

87.75%

30

12%

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY MO

18

89.33%

30

10%

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY TN

16

94.17%

24

12%

HOWARD UNIVERSITY DC

135

84.06%

23

17%

TULANE UNIVERSITY LA

46

87.30%

22

9%

TEXAS AT AUSTIN, UNIVERSITY OF TX

15

89.42%

21

6%

WILLIAM AND MARY LAW SCHOOL VA

24

90.78%

19

9%

SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY MA

NR

69.31%

17

4%

MINNESOTA, UNIVERSITY OF MN

20

94.53%

16

6%

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY PA

93

72.92%

15

6%

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY MA

NR

78.20%

15

11%

CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES, UNIVERSITY OF CA

16

90.96%

14

4%

NORTH CAROLINA, UNIVERSITY OF NC

31

82.26%

14

6%

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY MI

87

88.04%

14

5%

ILLINOIS, UNIVERSITY OF IL

40

86.15%

13

6%

MIAMI, UNIVERSITY OF FL

61

85.58%

12

3%

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY PA

51

72.50%

12

6%

WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY VA

43

81.82%

12

8%

FLORIDA COASTAL SCHOOL OF LAW FL

NR

62.10%

12

2%

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY MA

93

82.57%

11

5%

CONNECTICUT, UNIVERSITY OF CT

54

81.82%

11

6%

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-CAMDEN NJ

81

79.35%

10

4%

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY OH

64

88.79%

10

4%

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY CT

118

82.43%

9

6%

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PA

61

87.46%

9

3%

WISCONSIN, UNIVERSITY OF WI

31

86.51%

9

4%

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY VA

46

91.76%

8

3%

ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY (FLORIDA) FL

NR

70.87%

7

3%

AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW FL

NR

69.81%

7

4%

NEW ENGLAND LAW | BOSTON MA

NR

77.78%

7

2%

PITTSBURGH, UNIVERSITY OF PA

81

80.17%

7

3%

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY OH

31

93.78%

6

3%

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FL

NR

86.84%

5

2%

 

 

Like all rankings, this should be read in context with an understanding of the ranking’s limitations. For instance, the number of graduates employed does not distinguish between types of employment, such as whether the law grad is employed as an attorney or in a non-legal field. While these numbers are available from the ABA in the aggregate for each law school, the types of jobs taken are not broken down on a state by state basis.

See Fuller’s Prior Year Ranking for Law Graduate Employment in New York

Since the higher ranked law schools tend to place more graduates in attorney positions, the ranking includes both the 2015 U.S. News Ranking for each school as well as the total employment percentages for each school as of 9 months after graduation. Lastly, the ABA only lists the top 3 states for employment placements for each school and so there may be some schools that are omitted from the list because they placed more graduates in three other jurisdictions.

See The Top Undergraduate Universities for Getting Into Law School in New York

Venues for Appeals in Tax Litigation

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Deep in the Heart of Texas: Which Schools Place the Most Law Graduates in the Lone Star State

The top law schools for placing graduates in jobs in the State of Texas

Choosing a law school can be a difficult decision, but if you are hoping to work in the Lone Star State after law school, then this is the perfect ranking for you.  The ranking below is based on the employment data for 2013 law graduates nine months after graduation that is reported by the ABA. It includes both the number of graduates of each law school that work in the State of Texas, as well as the percentage of each respective law school’s graduating class that that number represents. The underlying data from the ABA does not break out on a state by state basis whether the jobs are lawyer position or require a law degree, although this data is available for each law school. Since the higher ranked schools generally place more graduates in jobs as lawyers, this list includes the 2015 US News ranking for each law school.

 

Law School Name

USN Rnk

2013 Grads Empl. In TX % of Tot Grads Empl. In TX
SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW

146

312

79%

TEXAS AT AUSTIN, UNIVERSITY OF

15

247

65%

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

42

209

85%

ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY

NR

207

72%

HOUSTON, UNIVERSITY OF

58

192

72%

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

107

172

72%

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

51

135

77%

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

NR

117

66%

TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

NR

83

52%

OKLAHOMA, UNIVERSITY OF

58

36

21%

TULANE UNIVERSITY

46

26

11%

OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY

NR

18

11%

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

3

13

7%

TULSA, UNIVERSITY OF

72

12

11%

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

36

12

8%

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

54

10

5%

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

72

10

5%

ARKANSAS, FAYETTEVILLE, UNIVERSITY OF

61

9

7%

ALABAMA, UNIVERSITY OF

23

9

5%

ARIZONA SUMMIT LAW SCHOOL

NR

7

3%

ATLANTA’S JOHN MARSHALL LAW SHOOL

NR

7

3%

DENVER, UNIVERSITY OF

68

6

2%

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-NEW ORLEANS

NR

6

2%

REGENT UNIVERSITY

NR

6

4%

CALIFORNIA-DAVIS, UNIVERSITY OF

36

4

2%

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

31

4

2%

ARKANSAS, LITTLE ROCK, UNIVERSITY OF

121

4

3%

 

The above list is limited to law schools that placed 4 or more graduates in jobs in the State of Texas and is also subject to any limitations of the underlying employment data provided by the ABA.

The Top Law Schools for Placing Students in Jobs in the District of Columbia

Ranking of Law Schools Placing Students in the District of Columbia

If you are considering going to law school and Washington D.C. is your preferred destination for a job placement after graduation, then this list of graduates from 2013 who were employed in the District of Columbia broken down by law school may be helpful as you consider where to attend.  Law schools that place more students in a particular market will have a leg up on other law schools in terms of the alumni base and connections within that market and their respective offices of career services will likely allocate more resources to recruiting in the region.

There are a couple of important factors to note that should be understood when considering this particular ranking. First, both George Washington and Georgetown have a significant number of law school funded positions that are included in these numbers. George Washington has 89 law school funded positions and Georgetown employed 83 graduates in law school funded positions. Law school funded positions are typically jobs where law students who are unable to find employment following graduation are paid to do legal work in the law school’s clinics, which are generally free legal clinics for the underprivileged. There is a significant debate about whether these positions are a good way for law schools to provide practical training to new graduates or merely a cost effective mechanism for manipulating the rankings.

Another factor to consider when viewing this ranking is that the numbers provided by the ABA do not break down the type of position by state or district, and so these jobs include all types of jobs by graduates as opposed to just lawyer positions. Higher ranked law schools typically place more students in attorney positions and so the 2015 U.S. News ranking for each school is provided in this list.

 

Law School Name Law School State

USN Rnk

# of Grads Empl in DC % of Grads Empl in DC
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY DC

20

263

44%

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY DC

13

238

37%

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY DC

72

169

33%

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA DC

107

88

37%

VIRGINIA, UNIVERSITY OF VA

8

67

18%

HARVARD UNIVERSITY MA

2

65

11%

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY VA

46

62

24%

HOWARD UNIVERSITY DC

135

43

31%

YALE UNIVERSITY CT

1

39

19%

PENNSYLVANIA, UNIVERSITY OF PA

7

37

14%

MARYLAND, UNIVERSITY OF MD

46

35

12%

DUKE UNIVERSITY NC

10

34

14%

WILLIAM AND MARY LAW SCHOOL VA

24

29

13%

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY NY

4

28

6%

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DC

NR

27

34%

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY NY

6

26

5%

CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY, UNIVERSITY OF CA

9

21

7%

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY TN

16

18

9%

BALTIMORE, UNIVERSITY OF MD

135

17

5%

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY NY

107

13

6%

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY OH

64

13

6%

CORNELL UNIVERSITY NY

13

13

7%

NORTH CAROLINA, UNIVERSITY OF NC

31

12

5%

INDIANA UNIVERSITY – BLOOMINGTON IN

29

11

5%

SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY MO

93

10

3%

VERMONT LAW SCHOOL VT

129

10

5%

RICHMOND, UNIVERSITY OF VA

51

9

6%

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY NC

31

9

6%

WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY VA

43

9

6%

PITTSBURGH, UNIVERSITY OF PA

81

8

3%

CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES, UNIVERSITY OF CA

16

8

2%

CALIFORNIA-HASTINGS, UNIVERSITY OF CA

54

7

2%

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY NY

135

7

2%

GEORGIA, UNIVERSITY OF GA

29

6

3%

NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY OF NH

93

6

6%

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY NJ

68

6

2%

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF CA

20

5

2%

WASHINGTON, UNIVERSITY OF WA

24

5

3%

 

Lastly, these rankings are subject to all of the same limitations as the ABA numbers upon which they are based, including the fact that these are based on law school provided data. Also, this list only includes law schools that placed 5 or more students in jobs in Washington D.C.

Best Law Schools for Landing Jobs in California

The California legal market has been slower than normal in recent years, but some law schools continue to place significant numbers of law students in jobs in the tough California market. This ranking includes recently-released employment data from the ABA to identify which law schools have placed the greatest number of graduates in jobs within the sunshine state by number. The percentage of students that this number represents of each law school’s total graduates is also listed.

School Name State

USN Rnk

# Empl. in CA % of Students Empl. In CA
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY-LOS ANGELES CA

87

306

78.66%

CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES, UNIVERSITY OF CA

16

255

76.81%

CALIFORNIA-HASTINGS, UNIVERSITY OF CA

54

234

62.73%

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY CA

107

222

68.94%

SAN DIEGO, UNIVERSITY OF CA

79

212

66.67%

CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY, UNIVERSITY OF CA

9

185

61.46%

MCGEORGE SCHOOL OF LAW CA

146

174

54.72%

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF CA

20

166

69.75%

SOUTHWESTERN LAW SCHOOL CA

NR

166

55.33%

CALIFORNIA-DAVIS, UNIVERSITY OF CA

36

150

76.53%

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY CA

54

128

60.09%

CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW CA

NR

123

43.77%

THOMAS JEFFERSON SCHOOL OF LAW CA

NR

114

38.91%

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY CA

140

113

60.75%

GOLDEN GATE UNIVERSITY CA

NR

105

46.05%

SAN FRANCISCO, UNIVERSITY OF CA

NR

100

50.00%

WHITTIER LAW SCHOOL CA

NR

96

45.71%

STANFORD UNIVERSITY CA

3

86

44.33%

WESTERN STATE COLLEGE OF LAW CA

NR

78

63.41%

HARVARD UNIVERSITY MA

2

70

12.11%

UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE CA

NR

52

60.47%

CALIFORNIA-IRVINE, UNIVERSITY OF CA

NR

50

59.52%

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY DC

13

45

6.98%

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY NY

4

41

9.38%

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY NY

6

40

7.45%

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY IL

12

37

13.03%

CHICAGO, UNIVERSITY OF IL

4

35

16.28%

YALE UNIVERSITY CT

1

22

10.84%

ARIZONA SUMMIT LAW SCHOOL AZ

NR

18

6.45%

OREGON, UNIVERSITY OF OR

100

17

11.26%

CORNELL UNIVERSITY NY

13

15

7.77%

EMORY UNIVERSITY GA

19

15

5.14%

BOSTON UNIVERSITY MA

27

14

5.04%

TEXAS AT AUSTIN, UNIVERSITY OF TX

15

13

3.44%

LEWIS AND CLARK COLLEGE OR

72

12

4.80%

NOTRE DAME, UNIVERSITY OF IN

26

12

6.52%

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY UT

36

11

7.48%

MINNESOTA, UNIVERSITY OF MN

20

10

3.65%

BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL NY

83

9

1.88%

CARDOZO SCHOOL OF LAW NY

64

9

2.26%

COLORADO, UNIVERSITY OF CO

43

7

3.98%

HOUSTON, UNIVERSITY OF TX

58

7

2.63%

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-NEW ORLEANS LA

NR

7

2.73%

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY OH

31

7

3.11%

WASHINGTON, UNIVERSITY OF WA

24

7

3.83%

ILLINOIS, UNIVERSITY OF IL

40

6

2.60%

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY-CHICAGO IL

68

6

2.10%

NEW ENGLAND LAW | BOSTON MA

NR

6

1.75%

TOLEDO, UNIVERSITY OF OH

140

6

5.08%

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA – LAS VEGAS NV

83

6

4.55%

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY AZ

31

5

2.45%

ARIZONA, UNIVERSITY OF AZ

40

5

3.40%

NEW YORK LAW SCHOOL NY

140

5

0.89%

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY MA

93

5

2.29%

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY WA

87

5

1.61%

STETSON UNIVERSITY FL

93

5

1.56%

MISSOURI, UNIVERSITY OF MO

64

4

3.05%

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY-CARBONDALE IL

NR

4

3.10%

ST. THOMAS, UNIVERSITY OF (MINNESOTA) MN

129

4

2.53%

CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW-IIT IL

72

3

1.06%

JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL IL

NR

3

0.67%

WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY OR

121

3

2.44%

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY TX

107

2

0.84%

ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY TX

NR

1

0.35%

 

It is important to note that this particular listing does not specify whether the employment was in a position that requires a law degree or not as this information is not broken down by state in the ABA data.  Higher ranked law schools tend to place a higher number of their students in “law degree required” positions and so the ranking, which is why the above list includes the US News Ranking for each law school.

The Top 10 Colleges in Massachusetts for Law School Placements

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If you are considering colleges in Massachusetts and you know that law school is in your future then this ranking may be helpful to you as you weigh different options.  Of course any ranking should be taken in context and for law school admissions the prestige of the University you attend is far more important than the number of students going on to law school, but for evaluating schools with similar academic reputations these rankings can be meaningful. The state of Massachusetts is one of the key centers of education in the United States, and the world, with some of the most prestigious universities that provide amazing opportunities for its students. The following rankings provide the top ten universities in Massachusetts for placing graduates in law school including placements by number and by percentage of graduates.[1]

 

School Name 5 yr Ave Total Enrollment % Going on To Law School
HARVARD UNIVERSITY

333

6658

16.96%

AMHERST COLLEGE

90

1817

16.84%

BOSTON COLLEGE

382

9110

15.21%

WILLIAMS COLLEGE

83

2052

15.13%

COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS

102

2926

11.69%

TUFTS UNIVERSITY OF ARTS & SCIENCES

175

5255

11.47%

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY

130

3588

11.29%

SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY

85

5770

7.33%

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

363

18306

6.71%

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

187

13107

4.91%

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-AMHERST

233

21928

3.73%

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  1. The information in this ranking estimates the number of graduates as 22% of the total undergraduate enrollment as reported by the Universities to U.S. News and the placement data is based on an average for the last five years of the ABA data provided to LSAC for the top 240 law school feeder schools.

U.S. News Rankings Dominate the News for Law Schools Last Week

U.S. News 2015 Law School Rankings Dominate the News this Week

News agencies aren’t typically supposed to be making the news, but with law school rankings U.S. News takes a position at the front and center of an evolving legal education market by publishing the ever-important law school rankings. The weekly news was, as expected, dominated by these new rankings.

Boston College Law School Dean Responds to Drop in Law School Rankings – Noting that the law school was on track for many important initiatives but fell short in others that resulted in a ten spot drop in the law school’s ranking, the Dean acknowledged the importance of law school rankings in terms of the external perception for the school.  Other Deans in the Boston area note some of the important limitations in the rankings, particularly for law schools succeeding in experiential learning rather than research and publications. Law school deans mull declines in U.S. News rankings, by Mary Moore (Boston Business Journal, March 17, 2014).

LSAT Test Takers Is on the Rise for First Time Since 2010 – The WSJ reports that LSAT test takers actually increased this year for the first time since 2010, although the numbers are still much lower than what law schools that struggling for survival with low enrollments would like to see.  The increase was just 1.1% compared to double digit decreases in several prior years, which indicates the hemorrhaging may have finally stopped for the legal education industry. See For First Time Since 2010, Number of LSAT Test Takers is on the Rise, by Jacob Gershman (Wall Street Journal Law Blog, March 17, 2014).

Law Schools Continue to Pay Graduates to Boost Rankings – Law Schools continue to pay salaries to recent graduates following graduation to boost employment numbers for the U.S. News Rankings. University of Virginia and George Washington were among the worst offenders in using this tactic, with GW hiring a whopping 22% of their graduates to boost their employment numbers to 85% and Virginia hiring 15% of their graduates to boast employment numbers of 97.5%. See Some Law Schools Are Paying Graduates’ Salaries To Boost Rankings (Business Insider Australia, March 15, 2014).

2015 US News Law School Rankings Hit the Press – U.S. News releases its annual graduate school rankings including the highly anticipated law school rankings. The dramatic decreases in enrollments has shuffled a number of schools compared to prior years.  See 2015 Law School Rankings (U.S. News, March 11, 2014)

 

The Top Ranked Florida Undergraduate Universities for Getting Into Law School

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If you are deciding on undergraduate programs in Florida and you think law school may be in your future, then you might find this ranking particularly helpful. Other factors like the overall reputation of the school will weigh far heavier in the law school admissions process than this ranking, but if you are deciding between similarly prestigious universities then this can help you identify which school tends to place more of its students in law school following graduation.  Schools that are ranked higher on this list may have better resources for law school applicants seeking to navigate the murky law school application process.  Also, if more of your fellow students are law school bound then you’ll have better opportunities to network with like-minded individuals, which can be a huge help if you don’t have family members who are lawyers.

School Name 5 yr Ave Total Enrollment % Going on To Law School
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

352

10590

11.69%

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

1047

32776

11.27%

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

728

32171

9.43%

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

480

37468

6.16%

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

588

50968

5.84%

FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL & MECHANICAL UNIV.

131

10053

5.68%

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

77

5739

5.65%

UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA

74

6143

5.35%

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

358

30289

5.30%

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

241

24823

4.15%

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY

60

12155

2.59%

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA

88

14398

2.38%

The University of Miami and the University of Florida top the list in terms of placing the largest percentage of students in law school following graduation and Florida State is not far behind.  These three Universities really stand apart in terms of the number of students they are placing in law schools and, in fact, account for more than 50% of the total law school placements from Florida schools, even though they house only about 28% of the total enrollment.

See Which of These Schools Make the Top 20 In The Nation

[[1]] Ranking data is taken from the TOP 240 ABA APPLICANT FEEDER SCHOOLS and enrollment numbers. These rankings include only universities which that placed 60 or more students in law school on average over the last five years. [[1]]