When It Comes to Landing Elite Jobs, UVA Law Is No. 1

2018 Grads Lead the Pack in Large Firms and Federal Clerkships
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May 9, 2019

Graduates in the University of Virginia School of Law’s Class of 2018 have been ranked the best in the nation at landing elite jobs, according to an analysis by Law.com.

Law.com defines an “elite job” as either working in a large law firm or a federal clerkship.

Out of the 299 graduates in the class, 83.28%, or 249 alumni, went to work either for law firms employing more than 100 lawyers or served in federal clerkships, based on data released by the American Bar Association.

“Employers like the combination of intelligence and people skills that our graduates bring to the job, and they know the education students receive here is top-notch,” said Kevin Donovan, senior assistant dean for career services. “This was a particularly impressive class and they worked really hard in the job search. We are proud of their accomplishments.”

In addition, UVA Law is No. 2 nationally in the percentage of 2018 graduates landing full-time, long-term jobs that require a law degree, with 92.64%, or 277 alums. The national average is 78.6%.

The Law School ranks No. 4 in federal clerkships for 2018 graduates, with 15.05%, or 45 alums. Only Yale, Stanford and the University of Chicago have a higher percentage of 2018 graduates clerking for federal courts.

For more information about both private- and public-sector jobs, see the Law School’s employment data and facts about graduates’ careers.

Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.

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