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Access to an Elite Career
Graduates aren’t just getting jobs at firms — they are getting jobs at the nation’s most elite firms.
No. 3 in Above the Law's 2020 law school rankings, which focus on employment outcomes. More
No. 2 in the country in the percentage of Class of 2020 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. 3 in the percentage of Class of 2020 graduates who went directly to firms of 100 or more attorneys or to federal clerkships, according to ABA data (based on full-time, long-term jobs).
Salaries for the 220 students going into the private sector in the Class of 2020 reflect these outcomes:
75th percentile: $190,000
50th percentile: $190,000
25th percentile: $190,000
Any job location is within reach, and the UVA Law Network is worldwide. The Class of 2020 obtained large firm jobs in 15 states and the District of Columbia. Overall the school sent graduates to 34 states and 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 (September 2020).
No. 5 in the country in the number of female graduate attorneys in the National Law Journal’s top 500 firms, according to Legal Compass (September 2020).
No. 2 in the number of graduates leading the nation's top 100 firms, according to an Above the Law report. More
No. 5 in the number of associates promoted to partner in the 100 largest firms in 2020, according to the National Law Journal. 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
From federal appeals courts to the U.S. Supreme Court, Virginia helps place students in the most competitive clerkships.
No. 5 after Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Chicago in placing clerks on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2005-21. More
No. 4 in the percentage of graduates from the classes of 2018-20 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
No. 5 in the number of graduates clerking directly after law school for the classes of 2015-19, according to ABA data.
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.
Consider how other graduates have succeeded.
Four senators and three 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 July 2017, the Law School is 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.
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, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano ’83, and numerous governors and state legislators.
Alumni have had amazing careers in academia — UVA President Jim Ryan ’92 is an alum, and Elizabeth Magill ’95, currently dean at Stanford Law School, will serve as UVA provost. Napolitano is now the 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 2017-19
- Firm: 72% (623)
- Clerkship: 16% (140)
- Public Interest: 9% (77)
- Corporate: 3% (22)
- Academic: .4% (3)
- The Law School awarded 27 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
- 2 U.S. Supreme Court
- 99 U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
- 119 U.S. District Courts and other federal courts
- 22 state courts
2017-2022 terms. Some alumni clerked at multiple courts.
Public Interest Jobs
- 14 federal government
- 22 state or local government
- 29 public interest groups
- 11 military
Top Job Locations
- New York (223)
- District of Columbia (206)
- Virginia (75)
- Texas (61)
- California (56)
- Massachusetts (22)
- Georgia (20)
- North Carolina (15)
- Delaware (14)
- Pennsylvania (14)
- Illinois (13)
- Colorado (10)
- Alabama (9)
First-Year Summer Jobs, Class of 2021 (Summer 2019)
Several students held multiple positions.
- 29% federal government
- 27% firm
- 13% judicial
- 12% public interest groups
- 10% state or local government
- 8% academic
- 8% corporate
Among the 2019 Am Law 100, members of the classes of 2013-19 have practiced in all 100 firms, ranked by gross revenue.
|1||Kirkland & Ellis|
|2||Latham & Watkins|
|5||Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom|
|8||Morgan, Lewis & Bockius|
|10||White & Case|
|11||Norton Rose Fulbright|
|12||Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher|
|13||Ropes & Gray|
|15||Simpson Thacher & Bartlett|
|16||Weil, Gotshal & Manges|
|17||Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison|
|18||Sullivan & Cromwell|
|20||Davis Polk & Wardwell|
|21||Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton|
|22||King & Spalding|
|23||Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan|
|28||Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr|
|29||Covington & Burling|
|30||Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld|
|31||McDermott Will & Emery|
|32||Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe|
|33||Morrison & Foerster|
|34||Squire Patton Boggs|
|38||Winston & Strawn|
|40||Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer|
|41||Shearman & Sterling|
|42||Debevoise & Plimpton|
|43||Holland & Knight|
|44||Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner|
|46||Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati|
|47||Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz|
|48||Foley & Lardner|
|50||Willkie Farr & Gallagher|
|51||Cravath, Swaine & Moore|
|52||Alston & Bird|
|53||O'Melveny & Myers|
|54||Hunton Andrews Kurth|
|55||Vinson & Elkins|
|56||Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton|
|57||Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson|
|60||Baker & Hostetler|
|61||Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman|
|62||Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy|
|63||Katten Muchin Rosenman|
|66||Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith|
|69||Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough|
|71||Faegre Baker Daniels|
|73||Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart|
|77||Womble Bond Dickinson|
|78||Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton|
|79||Drinker Biddle & Reath|
|82||Jenner & Block|
|83||Schulte Roth & Zabel|
|84||Fish & Richardson|
|85||Fenwick & West|
|86||Williams & Connolly|
|87||Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo|
|88||Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel|
|89||Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft|
|90||Boies Schiller Flexner|
|92||Haynes and Boone|
|93||Barnes & Thornburg|
|95||Crowell & Moring|
|96||Steptoe & Johnson|
|97||Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz|
|98||Davis Wright Tremaine|
|99||Dorsey & Whitney|
|100||Cahill Gordon & Reindel|
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