September 20, 2005
More on Law School Rankings -- as Producers of BigLaw Associates
Posted by Christine Hurt

The National Law Journal has just released a new ranking of law schools based on hiring practices at the top 50 law firms in the U.S.  The names in the top 20 are almost the same as the USNWR top 20, but in a different order.  This ranking would seem to favor schools near large urban areas, where the larger firms have offices, and disfavor schools where students are more likely to seek academic or public interest jobs, such as Yale.

I think this ranking is useful to us at Conglomerate because if I were applying to law schools and knew that I wanted to do sophisticated corporate legal work at a top law firm, this statistic would be more important to me than ssrn download stats of my professors.  Those circles may overlap either completely or somewhat, but if we are going to use a statistic as a proxy, then this statistic is a good proxy for "what will I be able to do with this degree"?  More specifically, the question "what will I be able to do in corporate law with this degree" is answerable here because the top 50 law firms have large and busy corporate law departments.

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