A closer look into the law school’s top-10 employment ranking

The Princeton Review ranked the GW Law School No. 9 for career prospects this year. | Hatchet File Photo
The Princeton Review ranked the GW Law School No. 9 for career prospects this year. | Hatchet File Photo

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Eva Palmer.

The Princeton Review ranked GW the ninth best law school for career prospects in its newly released law school guide.

With employment outcomes for law graduates in the spotlight, the guide lists 95 percent of GW graduates in the Class of 2012 had found jobs nine months out of school with a median starting salary of $137,000 – numbers pulled from the numbers GW submitted to the American Bar Association last year.

There’s more context behind those numbers, however. The law school employed 130 of its own graduates last year – 22 percent of the class – in a jobs program that takes about $2 million to run.

Twenty-nine percent of the class ended up at law firms, pulling in an average salary of $145,313. Most of those students ended up at big law firms that employ 500 or more people.

And in another employment survey by the National Association for Law Placement this summer, only 44 percent of 2012 GW law graduates with jobs were in salaried positions.

Columbia Law School took the number one spot on Princeton Review’s list and GW came in behind Georgetown University, ranked eighth, with 92 percent of graduates finding employment within nine months of graduation at a median starting salary of $160,000.

The Princeton Review bases its rankings on these statistics as well as other components of the law school, like by surveying students on internships and the overall sense of preparations students feel they have upon graduating.

The annual ranking comes after an American Bar Association report that finds that only 56.2 percent of the class of 2012 nationwide have found full time jobs which require passing the bar exam, an increase from 54.9 percent in 2011.

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