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Career Placement Success

No. 3 in the percentage of Class of 2017 graduates who took jobs at law firms of 100 or more attorneys, according to American Bar Association data on the most recently reported class.

Virginia has graduates in each of the American Lawyer top 100 firms (as of May 2018).

No. 2 in the number of graduates leading the nation's top 100 firms, according to an Above the Law report. More

No. 2 in Above the Law's 2018 law school rankings, which focus on employment outcomes. More

No. 4 after Yale, Harvard and Stanford in placing clerks on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2005-18. More

No. 4 in the percentage of Class of 2017 graduates hired by the 100 largest firms, according to the National Law Journal. More

No. 5 in the number of associates promoted to partner in the 100 largest firms in 2017, according to the National Law Journal. More

No. 5 in federal judicial clerkship placement for the classes of 2013-17, according to ABA data

No. 2 after Harvard in the number of chief legal officers at the nation's top 500 companies, according to a 2014 report by the Law Department Management Blog. More

No. 4 in the number of partners in the National Law Journal's top 500 firms, according Legal Compass (June 2018).

National Placement: The Class of 2017 obtained large firm jobs in 18 states, the District of Columbia and 3 foreign countries. Overall we sent graduates to 30 states, D.C. and 4 foreign countries.

 

Where Our Graduates Go, Classes of 2015-17

  • Firm: 70% (668)
  • Clerkship: 17% (159)
  • Public Interest: 11% (107)
  • Corporate: 3% (28)
  • Academic: .4% (4)
  • The Law School awarded 57 Powell and Kennedy Fellowships to graduates working for public interest and nonprofit employers. More

Law Firms

  • 77% with firms in American Lawyer's top 100 by gross revenue
  • 8% with firms ranked between 100 and 200
  • 3% with large international firms (not ranked by American Lawyer)
  • 12% with smaller firms

Clerkships

  • 3 U.S. Supreme Court
  • 83 U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • 119 U.S. District Courts and other federal courts
  • 82 state courts

Some alumni clerked at multiple courts.

Public Interest Jobs

  • 23 federal government
  • 48 state or local government
  • 28 public interest groups
  • 8 military

Top Job Locations

  • New York (225)
  • District of Columbia (193)
  • Virginia (116)
  • California (81)
  • Texas (62)
  • Pennsylvania (24)
  • Massachusetts (22)
  • Maryland (20)
  • Georgia (19)
  • Delaware (17)
  • North Carolina (17)
  • International (16)
  • Florida (15)
  • Ohio (13)
  • Colorado (11)
  • Tennessee (11)

Campus Recruiting, Fall 2017

  • More than 675 offices
  • Over 5,900 on-campus interviews of second-year students

First-Year Summer Jobs, Class of 2019 (Summer 2017)

Several students held multiple positions.

  • 26% federal government
  • 25% firm
  • 15% judicial
  • 15% academic
  • 11% public interest groups
  • 9% state or local government
  • 6% corporate

American Lawyer Top 100, Classes of 2012-17

Among the 2017 Am Law 100, members of the classes of 2012-17 have practiced in at least 94 of the 100 firms, ranked by gross revenue.

RANK FIRM
1 Latham & Watkins 
2 Kirkland & Ellis
3 Baker McKenzie
4 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom 
5 DLA Piper
6 Jones Day 
7 Sidley Austin
8 Hogan Lovells 
9 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
10 Norton, Rose Fulbright
11 White & Case
12 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
13 Ropes & Gray
14 Greenberg Traurig
15 Sullivan & Cromwell
16 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
17 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
18 Weil, Gotshal & Manges
19 Mayer Brown
20 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
21 Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
22 Davis Polk & Wardwell
23 K&L Gates
24 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
25 Reed Smith
26 Paul Hastings
27 King & Spalding
28 Squire Patton Boggs
29 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
30 Cooley
31 Morrison & Foerster
32 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
33 Shearman & Sterling
34 Goodwin Procter
35 Dechert
36 McDermott Will & Emery
37 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
38 Proskauer Rose
38 Baker Botts
40 Covington & Burling
41 Winston & Strawn
42 Holland & Knight
43 Perkins Coie
45 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
46 Cravath, Swaine & Moore
47 Debevoise & Plimpton
48 Alston & Bird
49 O'Melveny & Myers
50 Willkie Farr & Gallagher
51 McGuireWoods
52 Foley & Lardner
53 Vinson & Elkins
54 Baker & Hostetler
55 Arnold & Porter
56 Seyfarth Shaw
57 Bryan Cave
58 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
59 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
60 Locke Lord
61 Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
62 Katten Muchin Rosenman
63 Hunton & Williams
64 Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
65 Littler Mendelson
66 Venable
67 Troutman Sanders
68 Faegre Baker Daniels
69 Nixon Peabody
70 Jenner & Block
71 Duane Morris
72 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
73 Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith
74 Polsinelli
75 Crowell & Moring
76 Drinker Biddle & Reath
77 Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart
78 Blank Rome
80 Fox Rothschild
80 Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
82 Boies Schiller Flexner
83 Schulte Roth & Zabel
84 Fish & Richardson
86 Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
87 Cahill Gordon & Reindel
88 Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
89 Cozen O'Connor
90 Haynes and Boone
92 Barnes & Thornburg
93 Fenwick & West
94 Steptoe & Johnson
95 Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
97 Akerman
98 Pepper Hamilton
Alumni

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What are your classmates up to? We check in with Georgia Varlan Man '12, David P. Saunders '07, Kalere Jacob Coleman '02 and Michael C. Wu '92.

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