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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.

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 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.

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)

 

Decline in Admissions Numbers Means Greater Opportunities for Aspiring Law Students

Ranking of Law School Job Placements in Ohio

Are you seeking to attend a prestigious law school, but concerned about your likelihood of admission?  If so, the downward trend in qualitative metrics for admitted students from last year may give you hope.

The famed U.S. News Law School rankings are set to come out tomorrow and there may be some interesting movements based on the quantitative metrics from last year’s enrollment.  The numbers that have already been released to the ABA regarding admitted students suggest that it is easier than ever to get into a prestigious law school for aspiring law students.  Law schools have been faced with significantly fewer applications and, therefore, have had to decide whether to retain admissions standards and reduce enrollment or allow a dip in admissions standards in order to retain steady enrollment numbers.  A reduction in admissions standards directly affects the law school’s U.S. News ranking.  On average, LSAT scores for admitted students are down across all law schools by one point just from 2012 to 2013.[1]  A one point drop in LSAT scores across all admitted students in just one year is an enormous drop, which suggests that law schools are widely electing to lower admissions standards.

While law schools may be sweating out the current downturn in applications, if you are considering law school then this trend means you will likely be able to gain admission at a better law school than you otherwise would have if you applied 5 years ago. If you are a prospective law student then this is what you call a buyer’s market with law schools cutting tuition costs and re-considering ways to make law school more affordable and less risky.

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  1. See Thoughts on Fall 2013 Enrollment and Profile Data Among Law Schools by Jerry Organ (The Legal Whiteboard, March 2, 2014).