Summary: A professional network with peers, faculty, and alumni may be the key to helping law school students and graduates land jobs.
The purpose of attending any level of school beyond high school is to get a job. Law school is no exception. Prospective students want to attend a law school that gives them the best chances of finding a great job after graduation. Law schools with a strong professional network may help give those students an edge.
GraduatePrograms.com, an online graduate school guide, surveyed over 10,000 former and current law school students to put together data on which US schools have the best networking opportunities for their students. The students rated their program on a ten point scale, 1 being the worst and 10 being the strongest, and then averaged the results. They rated the faculty, peer, and alumni networks that were available to them in school and after graduation.
Here are the 16 schools that received a score of 9.00 or better.
- University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida ranked 9.90
- Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut ranked 9.87
- Stanford University in Stanford, California ranked 9.83
- University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana ranked 9.50
- Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois ranked 9.42
- University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, California ranked 9.28
- University of Houston in Houston, Texas ranked 9.25
- Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts ranked 9.21
- University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California ranked 9.20
- University of Colorado at Boulder in Boulder, Colorado ranked 9.14
- Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida ranked 9.12
- Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts ranked 9.10
- The University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois ranked 9.09
- New York University in New York, New York ranked 9.08
- University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan ranked 9.06
- Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina ranked 9.00
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