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Clerkships by Term and Location
Access to an Elite Career
The career development program at UVA Law is often described as a three-legged stool: private practice, clerkships and public service. UVA uniquely balances and excels in all three areas.
Graduates aren’t just getting jobs at firms — they are getting jobs at the nation’s most elite firms.
No. 2 in Above the Law's 2022 law school rankings, which focus on employment outcomes. More
No. 4 in the country in the percentage of Class of 2021 graduates who went directly to firms of 500 or more attorneys or to federal clerkships, according to American Bar Association data (based on full-time, long-term jobs).
No. 2 in the percentage of recent alumni working at the top 10 highest-grossing law firms. More
Salaries for the 214 students going into the private sector in the Class of 2021 reflect these outcomes:
75th percentile: $215,000
50th percentile: $215,000
25th percentile: $205,000
Any job location is within reach, and the UVA Law Network is worldwide. The Class of 2021 obtained jobs in 31 states and Washington, D.C.
Not only are graduates’ immediate outcomes in the private sector excellent, but so too are their long-term career prospects.
No. 5 in the number of partners in the American Lawyer top 100 firms (and the AmLaw 25, AmLaw 200 and the National Law Journal 500). (May 2022).
No. 5 in the country in the number of female graduate attorneys in the American Lawyer top 100 firms, according to Legal Compass (May 2022).
No. 5 in the country in the number of lawyers in the American Lawyer top 100 firms, according to Legal Compass (May 2022).
No. 2 in the number of graduates leading the nation's top 100 firms, according to an Above the Law report. More
No. 3 in the number of chief legal officers at the nation's top 500 companies, according to a 2019 survey by Chambers Associate. More
Virginia has graduates in all 100 of the American Lawyer top 100 firms (as of July 2022).
See more alumni corporate executives and entrepreneurs, and alumni in entertainment and sports.
From federal appeals courts to the U.S. Supreme Court, Virginia helps place students in the most competitive clerkships.
Clerkships by Term and Location
No. 5 in placing clerks on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2007-2022. More
No. 4 in the percentage of graduates from the classes of 2018-21 going directly to federal clerkships after law school, according to ABA data.
No. 2 (tied) in graduates serving as Bristow Fellows, who work in the U.S. Solicitor General’s Office, from the 2010-21 terms. Bristow Fellowships can be steppingstones to U.S. Supreme Court clerkships. More
Clerkships offer advantages to those who pursue them — intense and impactful training in a wide swath of law, access to a network of fellow clerks and, if graduates pursue private-sector work, bonuses at law firms and a salary commensurate with the experience gained. Federal appeals court clerkships are stepping stones to the Supreme Court and other prestigious jobs. More
Public Service Careers
Consider how other graduates have succeeded.
Four senators and two representatives who graduated from UVA Law currently serve in the U.S. Congress. (No. 4 in J.D. graduates in the 116th Congress; More)
Other alumni serve in government at the highest levels. UVA is No. 6 among law schools in the number of graduates serving as U.S. attorneys, federal judges, and state attorneys general and solicitors general. When the metric includes just state attorneys general and solicitors general, the school is No. 5. More
According to research completed by the Public Service Center in December 2022, the Law School is tied for No. 2 in the number of graduates serving as state attorneys general.
Outside of government, alumni pursue a range of public interest and nonprofit careers.
Hundreds of alumni are judges, including at federal appellate courts, state supreme courts and a judge on the World Court.
High-profile graduates have a history of public service: Alums include Robert F. Kennedy ’51, Ted Kennedy ’59, Robert Mueller ’73, former Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño ’85, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ’83, and numerous governors and state legislators.
Alumni have had notable careers in academia — UVA President Jim Ryan ’92 is an alum, and Elizabeth Magill ’95 served as UVA provost before being named president of the University of Pennsylvania. Napolitano also served as head of the University of California system.
And graduates are supported through the Virginia Loan Forgiveness Program and a range of salaried fellowships and sources of funding for summer jobs. The Public Service Center also operates an alumni mentoring network to give UVA Law students on the fast track to understanding their future field.
The UVA Law Network
UVA Law has more than 20,000 alumni in all 50 states and more than 60 countries, allowing graduates access to a network that is geographically diverse.
Read more about the UVA Law Network.
Where Our Graduates Go, Classes of 2019-21
- Firm: 69% (626)
- Clerkship: 20% (184)
- Public Interest: 9% (84)
- Corporate: 1% (11)
- Academic: 0.1% (1)
- The Law School awarded 31 Powell and Kennedy Fellowships to graduates working for public interest and nonprofit employers. More
- 83% with firms in American Lawyer's top 100 by gross revenue
- 6% with firms ranked between 100 and 200
- 2% with large international firms (not ranked by American Lawyer)
- 9% with smaller and boutique firms
- 5 U.S. Supreme Court
- 112 U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
- 153 U.S. District Courts and other federal courts
- 40 state courts
2019-2025 terms. Some alumni clerked at multiple courts.
Public Interest Jobs
- 18 federal government
- 18 state or local government
- 9 military
- 39 public interest groups
Top Job Locations
- District of Columbia (213)
- New York (213)
- Texas (86)
- Virginia (85)
- California (67)
- Pennsylvania (24)
- Georgia (23)
- Ohio (19)
- Maryland (14)
- North Carolina (13)
- Tennessee (13)
- Delaware (12)
- Illinois (12)
- Colorado (11)
- Massachusetts (11)
First-Year Summer Jobs, Class of 2023 (Summer 2021)
Some students held multiple positions.
- 23% public interest groups
- 20% firm
- 20% judicial
- 19% academic
- 13% federal government
- 8% corporate
- 4% state or local government
American Lawyer Top 100, Classes of 2013-21
Members of the classes of 2013-2021 practice in all 100 of the 2021 American Lawyer Top 100 firms.
|1||Kirkland & Ellis|
|2||Latham & Watkins|
|5||Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom|
|7||Morgan, Lewis & Bockius|
|8||White & Case|
|11||Ropes & Gray|
|12||Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher|
|13||Norton Rose Fulbright|
|14||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|15||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|17||Weil, Gotshal & Manges|
|18||Sullivan & Cromwell|
|20||Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison|
|21||King & Spalding|
|24||McDermott Will & Emery|
|25||Covington & Burling|
|28||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan|
|29||Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr|
|31||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|32||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton|
|33||Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld|
|34||Morrison & Foerster|
|35||Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe|
|36||Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati|
|38||Holland & Knight|
|39||Squire Patton Boggs|
|41||Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz|
|44||Willkie Farr & Gallagher|
|45||Winston & Strawn|
|46||Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer|
|47||Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath|
|48||Foley & Lardner|
|50||Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton|
|51||Shearman & Sterling|
|52||Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner|
|53||Alston & Bird|
|54||O'Melveny & Myers|
|56||Cravath, Swaine & Moore|
|57||Baker & Hostetler|
|58||Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy|
|59||Vinson & Elkins|
|60||Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson|
|61||Hunton Andrews Kurth|
|62||Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman|
|66||Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith|
|67||Katten Muchin Rosenman|
|71||Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough|
|72||Fenwick & West|
|73||Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart|
|77||Crowell & Moring|
|78||Barnes & Thornburg|
|79||Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo|
|80||Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton|
|84||Womble Bond Dickinson|
|85||Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft|
|87||Fish & Richardson|
|88||Jenner & Block|
|89||Davis Wright Tremaine|
|90||Schulte Roth & Zabel|
|91||Cahill Gordon & Reindel|
|92||Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani|
|93||Haynes and Boone|
|96||Dorsey & Whitney|
|97||Steptoe & Johnson|
|98||Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel|
|99||Loeb & Loeb|
|100||Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz|
5/10/15/25: How’s Life After Law School?
What are your classmates up to? We check in with Charis Redmond ’17, Stephanie Moore Throckmorton ’12, Howell O’Rear ’07 and Eric Kadel ’97.