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Law school ranks 20th for grads making partner at nation’s largest law firms

Monday, March 03, 2014

LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas School of Law ranks in the top 25 percent of law schools sending graduates to the nation’s largest law firms and the top 10 percent of schools whose alumni were promoted to partner at those firms, according to the National Law Journal’s annual report on “Go-To Law Schools.”

KU ranked 50th among all U.S. law schools and 17th among public law schools in percentage of new graduates hired at NLJ 250 firms. It ranked 20th among all U.S. law schools and sixth among public law schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner.

“Employers recognize that KU Law graduates are well-prepared and possess an impressive work ethic,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school. “The fact that our students pay one of the lowest tuitions among all schools in this ranking underscores the incredible value of a KU Law education.”

KU has the third-lowest tuition among schools in the report, with students paying nearly $37,000 less per year than students at the most expensive school on the list.

The National Law Journal ranked the top 50 law schools by the percentage of 2013 law school graduates who took jobs at NLJ 250 firms — the nation’s largest by headcount as identified in the Journal’s annual survey. The Journal also identified the law schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner during 2013, and it compared how each law school’s cost compares to its large firm hiring record.

The Journal surveys the country’s largest law firms about which schools produced their new class of associates. The rankings are not based on data reported by law schools.

 

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Emily Sharp
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785-864-2388 | emily.sharp@ku.edu

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks used at U.S. law schools
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 28 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,300+ alumni live in all 50 states and 18 foreign countries
  • Routinely ranked a “best value” law school
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 26th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 23rd nationally among public law schools. “When Lawyers Do the Grading,”
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • 70 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • 37th: for number of law graduates who are partners at nation’s largest law firms