Columbia Tops NLJ’s Big Law Rankings

NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL’S GO-TO RANKINGS 

Go To RankU.S. News Rank (2014)SchoolNumber of First Year AssociatesNumber of Juris Doctors Percent of Grads at NLJ 250 FirmsTop Employer

1

4

Columbia

286

437

65.45%

Cleary Gottleb Steen & Hamilton

2

4

U. of Chicago

119

215

55.34%

Kirkland & Ellis

3

6

NYU

295

537

54.93%

Davis Polk & Wardwell

4

2

Harvard

309

577

53.55%

Cleary Gottleb Steen & Hamilton

5

7

U. of Pennsylvania

136

259

52.51%

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Tie)

6

12

Northwestern

146

286

51.05%

Kirkland & Ellis

7

11

Duke

117

241

48.55%

Latham & Watkins

8

2

Stanford

89

189

47.09%

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and O’Melveny & Myers (Tie)

9

13

Cornell

87

193

45.08%

Cleary Gottleb Steen & Hamilton and Davis Polk & Wardell

10

9

Cal-Berkeley

135

301

44.85%

Bingham McCutchen and Paul Hastings (Tie)

11

7

Virginia

161

364

44.23%

Latham & Watkins

12

9

Michigan

165

400

41.25%

Kirkland & Ellis

13

1

Yale

80

206

38.83%

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

14

14

Georgetown

238

638

37.30%

Kirkland & Ellis

15

15

U. of Texas

120

378

31.75%

Vinson & Elkins

16

15

Vanderbilt

65

206

31.55%

Bass, Berry & Sims

17

17

UCLA

101

332

30.42%

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Latham & Watkins, and O’Melveny & Myers (Tie)

18

18

USC

65

220

29.55%

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

19

38

Fordham

118

481

24.53%

Kirkland & Ellis

20

23

Notre Dame

45

184

24.46%

Kirkland & Ellis

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