The importance of where someone chooses to get their law degree goes beyond how good the school looks on a résumé. Choice of law school can signal what type of job a student may want, where they want to work and their financial considerations. The six-figure price tag of a law degree plays a role in school choice, but what other factors do prospective students look at?
Schools can vary a lot from one another in the statistics they produce in students going to work for, say, big versus small law firms, or how many graduates clerk for federal judges. According to data from Law School Transparency, on aver-
age 9.9% of 2018 graduates from Colorado’s law schools took jobs at large law firms, compared with 28.4% of Yale graduates and 58.8% of Harvard graduates.
Similarly, fewer than 2% of 2018 Colorado law graduates went on to federal clerkships, compared with 34% Yale graduates.
Law School Transparency has also found two-thirds of students stay in their law school’s state for their first job.
Kyle McEntee, executive director of Law School Transparency, said making an informed decision about where to go to school means sifting through a lot of information, and no one type of data tells the whole story about a school or how it stacks up against other schools.