Top 10 Law Schools Ranking by Law Firm Recruiters in 2011-2012

Rank College / University City, State # of first-year associates
at NLJ 250 Firms
No. of J.D.s in 2011 % of 2011 Graduates
at NLJ 250 Firms
1 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 156 274 56.93%
2 Northwestern University Evanston, IL 149 288 51.74%
3 Columbia University New York, NY 235 455 51.65%
4 Harvard University Cambridge, MA 285 583 48.89%
5 Stanford University Stanford, CA 87 181 48.07%
6 University of California-Berkeley Berkeley, CA 140 305 45.90%
7 University of Chicago Chicago, IL 92 203 45.32%
8 Duke University Durham, NC 89 219 40.64%
9 New York University New York, NY 187 466 40.13%
10 University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 150 377 39.79%
11 Cornell University Ithaca, NY 72 188 38.30%
12 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 68 207 32.85%
13 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 119 378 31.48%
14 Georgetown University Washington, DC 198 637 31.08%
15 Yale University New Haven, CT 63 205 30.73%
16 University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 78 344 22.67%
17 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 43 195 22.05%
18 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 62 285 21.75%
19 University of Texas-Austin Austin, TX 82 382 21.47%
20 Fordham University New York, NY 84 429 19.58%
21 Boston University Boston, MA 48 269 17.84%
22 George Washington University Washington, DC 92 518 17.76%
23 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 26 190 13.68%
24 Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO 42 315 13.33%
25 Washington and Lee University Lexington, VA 16 126 12.70%
26 Emory University Atlanta, GA 28 225 12.44%
27 Yeshiva University New York, NY 45 380 11.84%
28 University of Washington Seattle, WA 21 182 11.54%
29 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 29 261 11.11%
30 University of Illinois-Chicago Chicago, IL 21 189 11.11%
31 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX 28 272 10.29%
32 University of Houston Houston, TX 27 281 9.61%
33 West Virgina University Morgantown,
West Virginia
12 126 9.52%
34 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC 15 158 9.49%
35 University of California-Davis Davis, CA 17 195 8.72%
36 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 21 246 8.54%
37 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 35 412 8.50%
38 University of Missouri Columbia, MO 12 142 8.45%
39 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 24 293 8.19%
40 Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ 19 248 7.66%
41 Howard University Washington, DC 12 157 7.64%
42 Villanova University Villanova, PA 19 252 7.54%
43 University of Maryland-College Park College Park, MD 20 281 7.12%
44 University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI 18 254 7.09%
45 Samford University Homewood, AL 11 157 7.01%
46 Temple University Philadelphia, PA 22 319 6.90%
46 University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 12 174 6.90%
48 Brigham Young University Provo, UT 10 148 6.76%
49 Brooklyn College, City University of New York Brooklyn, NY 30 455 6.59%
50 University of Miami University of Miami 25 385 6.49%