Most prospective law students rely on the U.S News & World Report for assessing law schools. Indeed, Law Schools themselves offer prospective students generous scholarships in order to keep numbers up (LSAT and GPA) in order to remain at the top of the rankings. But, those prospective law students with a bit of intellect should be able to notice the hole in this singular approach. What about job prospects? Starting salaries? Quality of life in the surrounding area? These are perhaps the most important qualities of a law school, and they either not taken into consideration by U.S News or given almost no weight when compiling the annual rankings. So, below is a holistic look at Law Schools with the best employment outcomes.
Something to Keep in Mind
No matter where you attend, the good news is that legal employment is on the rise. This is due to the fact that law school admissions have dropped significantly. In fact, legal education is the lowest it’s been since 1970. Regionally, legal employment is highest in the West North Central 79.2% and lowest in the Pacific 63.7%. The former can be attributed to the oil and tech boom in formerly neglected states like North Dakota; the latter can be attributed for the fierce competition to enter one of the most lucrative legal markets in the world (LA).
The Best Options
Although the U.S News & World Report does not account for employment prospects, it seems that large firms rely heavily on the judgment of U.S News, given that that the top six institutions yielded the highest medial private sector salaries ($160,000), and the highest employment rate 90%–on average. Some notable mentions are University of New Mexico, boasting the lowest tuition and one of the highest employment rates, and BYU, demonstrating the same attributes.