Law schools were required to report their nine-month employment figures for the Class of 2013 on March 15, 2014. Many schools have already disclosed that data individually on their own sites. Some places have begun to aggregate that data. Unfortunately, the data is fairly inaccessible: it is in PDF format in idiosyncratic on individual law school websites, and the ABA will not provide access to the data in a meaningful format for a few months.
But I went ahead and gleaned the data for placement in federal judicial clerkships among law school graduates for schools that had disclosed data on their sites as of March 19. (A handful of schools, including Berkeley, Texas, Georgia, and Irvine, had not yet disclosed their data.)
Below is a chart ranking the schools based upon the three-year average of their federal judicial clerkship placement, using data from the classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013. It also breaks out the 2013 figures separately. Schools with at least an average 5% placement over the last 3 years were included. It includes only full-time, long-term federal clerkships. Schools that had not disclosed their 2013 data as of March 19, 2014 were excluded.
Note: This is obviously a preliminary chart; only once I have the comprehensive data from all 202 law schools could I evaluate all schools.
|Three-Year Average Federal Clerkship Graduate Placement
|VIRGINIA, UNIVERSITY OF||11.9%||132||12.9%||47|
|CHICAGO, UNIVERSITY OF||11.4%||72||10.2%||22|
|PENNSYLVANIA, UNIVERSITY OF||9.6%||77||9.3%||24|
|ALABAMA, UNIVERSITY OF||9.4%||47||10.2%||17|
|MICHIGAN, UNIVERSITY OF||8.9%||104||7.8%||31|
|NEW YORK UNIVERSITY||8.4%||125||8.8%||47|
|NOTRE DAME, UNIVERSITY OF||6.7%||38||5.4%||10|
|WILLIAM AND MARY LAW SCHOOL||5.6%||35||3.7%||8|
|CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES, UNIVERSITY OF||5.4%||54||6.9%||23|
|WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY||5.2%||21||3.5%||5|
|KENTUCKY, UNIVERSITY OF||5.1%||21||5.3%||7|
|IOWA, UNIVERSITY OF||5.0%||28||6.3%||12|
|SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF||5.0%||33||3.8%||9|
|Chart includes data for schools with at least 5% graduate placement in full-time, long-term federal judicial clerkships averaged over 2011, 2012, and 2013. Schools that had not disclosed 2013 employment data as of March 19, 2014 were excluded.|