The National Law Journal reports that despite the economic downturn, hiring at top law firms remained steady in 2008.However, recruitment increased at the top 20 law schools, while it decreased at schools outside of the top 20.
Some statistical highlights:
- In 2008, 54.6% of students recruited at the top 20 law schools accepted first-year associate positions.
- Columbia Law School took the #1 spot, sending the highest percentage of its graduates to NLJ 250 firms.
- Yale fell off the top 20 list, while Fordham University School of Law joined, with 43.7% of its graduates joining NLJ 250 firms.
- Boston College Law School rose from #20 in 2007 to #15 in 2008, sending 45.8% of its graduates to NLJ 250 firms.
- Berkeley School of Law rose from #11 in 2007, to #6 in 2008, sending 62.6% of its graduates to NLJ 250 firms.
Please note that these stats are all for 2008. 2009 looks like it could be very different.