Law Schools

Which law schools fared best and worst in the latest ABA data?

The University of Chicago Law School tops a list of accredited schools with the highest percentage of 2012 grads in full-time, long term jobs that require bar passage.

The National Law Journal created the list and several others in an analysis of ABA data for the class of 2012 that was released in late March. Overall, only 55.1 percent of all 2012 law school graduates were employed in full-time, long-term lawyer jobs that weren’t funded by their schools.

The top 10 law schools on the NLJ list were:

1) University of Chicago

2) University of Virginia

3) University of Pennsylvania

4) Columbia

5) Stanford

6) New York University

7) Harvard

8) University of California at Berkeley

9) Cornell

10) Duke

The NLJ created several other lists, including the law schools that sent the highest percentage of grads into BigLaw (the University of Pennsylvania was No. 1), those with the highest percentage of unemployed grads (Thomas Jefferson was No. 1), the highest percentage of unemployed or underemployed grads (the University of San Francisco was No. 1), and the highest percentage in jobs financed by the school (George Washington was No. 1).

A Pepperdine law professor has also created several law school lists; his statistics were based on U.S. News data for 2011 law grads.

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