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No. 3 in graduates with jobs at law firms of 500 or more attorneys or federal clerkships, by percentage (according to ABA data)

Virginia has graduates in each of the American Lawyer top 100 firms (as of May 2017).

No. 2 in the number of graduates leading the nation's top 100 firms, according to an Above the Law report. More

No. 4 after Yale, Harvard and Stanford in placing clerks on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2005-16. More

No. 5 in federal judicial clerkship placement for the classes of 2014-16, according to ABA data, and No. 3 in the total number of federal clerks More

No. 2 after Harvard in the number of chief legal officers at the nation's top 500 companies, according to a 2014 report by the Law Department Management Blog. More

No. 7 in the percentage of Class of 2016 graduates hired by the 100 largest firms, according to the National Law Journal. More

No. 4 in the number of partners in the National Law Journal's top 100 firms, according to a paper published in the Journal of Legal Education in 2012.* More (National Jurist) | More (SSRN)

*Among those who received their J.D.s in 1986 or after (junior- and mid-level partners)

Where Our Graduates Go, Classes of 2014-16

  • Firm: 65% (657)
  • Clerkship: 19% (194)
  • Public Interest: 13% (130)
  • Corporate: 3% (32)
  • Academic: .4% (4)
  • The Law School awarded 83 Powell and Kennedy Fellowships to graduates working for public interest and nonprofit employers. More

Law Firms

  • 75% with firms in American Lawyer's top 100 by gross revenue
  • 8% with firms ranked between 100 and 200
  • 2% with large international firms (not ranked by American Lawyer)
  • 14% with smaller firms

Clerkships

  • 4 U.S. Supreme Court
  • 87 U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • 134 U.S. District Courts and other federal courts
  • 29 state courts

Some alumni clerked at multiple courts.

Public Interest Jobs

  • 27 federal government
  • 56 state or local government
  • 38 public interest groups
  • 9 military

Top Job Locations

  • New York (213)
  • District of Columbia (192)
  • Virginia (147)
  • California (81)
  • Texas (68)
  • Pennsylvania (34)
  • Georgia (23)
  • North Carolina (23)
  • Maryland (20)
  • Massachusetts (18)
  • Delaware (17)
  • Ohio (16)
  • Florida (15)
  • Illinois (12)
  • Colorado (11)
  • Tennessee (11)
  • International (11)

Campus Recruiting, Fall 2016

  • More than 670 offices
  • Over 6,200 on-campus interviews of second-year students

First-Year Summer Jobs, Class of 2018 (Summer 2016)

Several students held multiple positions.

  • 27% federal government
  • 25% firm
  • 19% judicial
  • 15% academic
  • 12% public interest groups
  • 8% state or local government
  • 7% corporate

American Lawyer Top 100, Classes of 2012-15

Among the 2015 Am Law 100, the Classes of 2012-15 are represented in 95 of the 100 firms.

RANK FIRM
1 Latham & Watkins 
2 Baker & McKenzie 
3 DLA Piper 
4 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom 
5 Kirkland & Ellis 
6 Jones Day 
7 Norton Rose Fulbright 
8 Hogan Lovells 
9 Sidley Austin 
10 White & Case 
11 Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher 
12 Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
13 Sullivan & Cromwell 
14 Dentons
15 Greenberg Traurig 
16 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 
17 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett 
18 Mayer Brown 
19 Reed Smith 
20 Weil, Gotshal & Manges 
21 K&L Gates 
22 Ropes & Gray 
23 Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan 
24 Davis Polk & Wardwell 
25 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr 
26 Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison 
27 Paul Hastings 
28 Morrison & Foerster 
29 King & Spalding 
30 McDermott Will & Emery 
31 Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe 
32 Squire Patton Boggs
33 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 
34 Shearman & Sterling 
35 Dechert 
36 Proskauer Rose 
37 Cooley 
38 Goodwin Procter 
38 Winston & Strawn 
40 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy 
41 Debevoise & Plimpton 
43 Covington & Burling 
45 Arnold & Porter 
46 Holland & Knight 
47 Bingham McCutchen
47 Foley & Lardner 
47 O’Melveny & Myers 
50 Vinson & Elkins 
51 Baker Botts 
52 Cravath, Swaine & Moore 
53 Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati 
54 Alston & Bird 
55 Willkie Farr & Gallagher 
56 Bryan Cave 
57 McGuireWoods 
58 Baker & Hostetler 
59 Hunton & Williams
60 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman 
62 Littler Mendelson 
63 Katten Muchin Rosenman 
64 Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton 
65 Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft 
66 Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson 
67 Faegre Baker Daniels 
68 Venable 
69 Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy 
70 Duane Morris 
71 Locke Lord
72 Troutman Sanders 
73 Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton 
74 Jenner & Block 
75 Nixon Peabody 
76 Schulte Roth & Zabel 
77 Williams & Connolly 
78 Hughes Hubbard & Reed 
80 Pepper Hamilton 
81 Drinker Biddle & Reath 
82 Cahill Gordon & Reindel 
83 Kaye Scholer 
84 Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart 
85 Crowell & Moring 
86 Polsinelli 
87 Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith 
88 Fish & Richardson 
89 Steptoe & Johnson LLP 
90 Barnes & Thornburg 
91 Boies, Schiller & Flexner 
92 Haynes and Boone 
93 Dorsey & Whitney 
94 Bracewell & Giuliani 
95 Fox Rothschild
96 Blank Rome 
97 Fenwick & West 
98 Akerman 
100 Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Alumni

5/10/15/25: How's Life? We Catch Up With What Alumni Are Doing 5, 10, 15 and 25 Years Out of Law School

What are your classmates up to? We check in with Georgia Varlan Man '12, David P. Saunders '07, Kalere Jacob Coleman '02 and Michael C. Wu '92.

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