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10 Law Schools With the Highest Full-Time Employment Rates

Ilana Kowarski

Investigate job prospects for law school graduates.

Before investing in a law degree, it's important to identify law schools where graduates have high employment rates. Experts say schools where the vast majority of students graduated with lasting full-time jobs are a safer bet than those where graduates often struggle to find employment. Here are the 10 law schools with the highest percentage of 2017 graduates who at graduation had full-time jobs lasting at least a year. The employment rates for these schools exclude graduates with university- or law school-funded positions.

University of Michigan--Ann Arbor

U.S. News law school rank: 9

2017 graduates employed at graduation in a full-time job that lasted at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage: 88.6%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and required bar passage: 87.1%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and where a J.D. was an advantage: 1.5%

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Stanford University (CA)

U.S. News law school rank: 2

2017 graduates employed at graduation in a full-time job that lasted at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage: 88.8%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and required bar passage: 82.7%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and where a J.D. was an advantage: 6.1%

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New York University

U.S. News law school rank: 6

2017 graduates employed at graduation in a full-time job that lasted at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage: 89.7%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and required bar passage: 86.6%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and where a J.D. was an advantage: 3.1%

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Harvard University (MA)

U.S. News law school rank: 3

2017 graduates employed at graduation in a full-time job that lasted at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage: 90.5%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and required bar passage: 86.2%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year where a J.D. was an advantage: 4.3%

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Cornell University (NY)

U.S. News law school rank: 13

2017 graduates employed at graduation in a full-time job that lasted at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage: 91.1%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and required bar passage: 90.1%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and where a J.D. was an advantage: 1%

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Duke University (NC)

U.S. News law school rank: 10 (tie)

2017 graduates employed at graduation in a full-time job that lasted at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage: 91.6%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and required bar passage: 90.7%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and where a J.D. was an advantage: 0.9%

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Columbia University (NY)

U.S. News law school rank: 5

2017 graduates employed at graduation in a full-time job that lasted at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage: 92.4%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and required bar passage: 91.9%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and where a J.D. was an advantage: 0.5%

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University of Virginia

U.S. News law school rank: 8

2017 graduates employed at graduation in a full-time job that lasted at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage: 92.6%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and required bar passage: 90.9%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and where a J.D. was an advantage: 1.7%

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University of Chicago

U.S. News law school rank: 4

2017 graduates employed at graduation in a full-time job that lasted at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage: 93%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and required bar passage: 92.1%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that that lasted at least a year and where a J.D. was an advantage: 0.9%

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University of Pennsylvania

U.S. News law school rank: 7

2017 graduates employed at graduation in a full-time job that lasted at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage: 94.9%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and required bar passage: 89.1%

2017 graduates who left school with a full-time job that lasted at least a year and where a J.D. was an advantage: 5.9%

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Law schools where 2017 grads had high graduation day employment rates:

-- University of Pennsylvania: 94.9%

-- University of Chicago: 93%

-- University of Virginia: 92.6%

-- Columbia University: 92.4%

-- Duke University: 91.6%

-- Cornell University: 91.1%

-- Harvard University: 90.5%

-- New York University: 89.7%

-- Stanford University: 88.8%

-- University of Michigan: 88.6%



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