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February 22, 2010 5:01 PM

Big Law's Most Wanted: Northwestern Claims Top Spot

Posted by D.M. Levine

Am Law Daily sibling publication The National Law Journal has released its annual Go-To Law Schools survey of which schools send the most graduates to the nation’s biggest firms.

As the NLJ story notes, the survey results--gathered as part of the annual NLJ 250 survey of the nation's largest firms--paint a somewhat grim picture of the job market for recent graduates.

Consider that Northwestern University School of Law, which claimed the top spot on the survey, saw only about 56 percent of its graduates get jobs at NLJ 250 firms. Columbia, which topped the survey the previous two years, fell to number two, with some 54 percent of its graduates snagging big-firm jobs. 

Another notable change reflected in the survey results: Stanford Law School jumped from the number eleven spot last year to number three in 2009, also with around 54 percent of its graduates finding jobs at large firms.

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Not surprising. I've never met a more proactive, wise career center Dean than Bill Chamberlain. Congratulations!

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