Law.com released its annual Go-To Law Schools rankings and Columbia once again finished in first place with 68% of the school’s graduates working in the top 100 law firms. That was nearly 8 full percentage points ahead of number two University of Chicago which sent approximately 60% of its 2017 graduates to the top 100 law firms. These positions generally pay $180,000 to the new associates.
It may be worth noting that law schools that send a large portion of their graduates to short-term clerkship positions are often penalized in the Go-To Law Schools rankings. Generally, the law school grads who take these clerkships will join a top 100 law firm afterward and receive a starting salary of $190,000 as well as a signing bonus of $80,000 or more.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the three law schools that have the largest percent of graduates who work as clerks are Yale, Harvard and Stanford.