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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 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.