Yesterday, the National Law Journal published its annual list of the “Go-To Law Schools.” Unlike many other publications, NLJ uses only one piece of data to order its rankings – percentage of the graduating class heading to a job with one of the 250 largest law firms in the U.S.
BC moved up two spots in the 2015 rankings, from 23 to 21. The Class of 2014 sent 66 grads into first-year associate positions, 13 more than the Class of 2013.
While BigLaw is only one of many career paths to consider in the legal world, this is obviously great news for current and future BC students looking to break into the field immediately after graduation.
The most common path to a full-time offer is through a firm’s Summer Associate program – in fact, a full-time offer rate of 100% to a summer class is commonplace. Based on what I’ve seen and heard about this upcoming summer from my colleagues in the Class of 2016, I expect this upward trend to continue.
For example, this upcoming May, June and July, I’ll be working as a Summer Associate alongside 11 other members of my class at a large firm in Boston. To provide some context, BC Law 2016 is comprised of about 230 students, which means that over 5% of the class found summer employment at one office alone.
To my knowledge, that number is about double what it was at the same office for the Class of 2015. Obviously it’s only anecdotal evidence, but it definitely corresponds with two propositions the NLJ rankings seem to support:
- BigLaw hiring is trending upwards across the board, both absolutely and percentage-wise.
- BC is outpacing the field by both metrics.
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