A pair of Indiana law schools are among the top 50 institutions in sending graduates to work in the biggest law firms in the country.
The 2017 Go-To Law Schools list by The National Law Journal ranks law schools based on the percentage of 2016 graduates who landed associate positions in the largest 100 law firms. The University of Notre Dame Law School and Indiana University Maurer School of Law were included in the top 50 group.
Leading this year’s rankings was Columbia Law School with 57.07 percent of its Class of 2016 getting jobs at the 100 biggest firms. In total, it sent 222 graduates to big law with the largest group, 23, going to David Polk & Wardwell.
Notre Dame took the 21st spot by sending 21.39 percent of its 2016 graduates to the 100 largest firms. Of the 37 graduates going to big law, the largest group, four, went to Baker & McKenzie.
IU Maurer came in at the 45th slot with 7.85 percent of its 2016 graduates hired in the 100 biggest firms. Fifteen graduates went to big law with the most, four, going to Jones Day.
Columbia graduates paid top dollar for the best chance to become associates in big law. The law school’s annual tuition led the top 50 list at $65,260.
Comparatively, Notre Dame’s tuition was $54,297 and IU Maurer was $32,550.
The National Law Journal based its rankings on its annual survey of law firms. It also relied on data from ALM Media LLC’s RivalEdge database and independent reporting.