Our charts illustrate how stratified legal education is when it comes to graduate employment. For instance, 10 law schools sent 90 percent or more of their 2017 graduates into full-time law jobs that require bar passage, largely considered the gold standard for law jobs. (They were led by the University of Chicago Law School, at nearly 96 percent.) On the other end of the spectrum, 12 schools sent fewer than 40 percent of their recent graduates into those positions. (Thomas Jefferson School of Law reported the lowest percentage outside of Puerto Rico, at less than 26 percent.)
We’ve also added a new category this year: elite jobs—the percentage of recent graduates in federal clerkships and law firms of 100 or more attorneys. We report each of these categories separately as well, but the combination offers a look at which schools are sending graduates on to some of the most competitive and sought after jobs in the legal industry. Columbia Law School posted the highest percentage of 2017 graduates in BigLaw, but Chicago took the top spot on the Elite Jobs list due to its strong federal clerkship track record. As usual, Yale Law School tops the federal clerkships list.
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