Let’s face it: tens of thousands of students enroll in law school every year, each with a dream in their hearts of saving the world. Whatever their public-interest cause may be, only a select few will go on to accept a position that goes hand-in-hand with their do-gooder career goals.

Some law schools are better than others when it comes to getting their graduates a leg up on the competition for one of these coveted jobs. Law.com produced several helpful charts based on law school employment data for the class of 2022. Today, we will take a look at one of the more interesting charts for all of the service-minded future lawyers in this world, the law schools that sent the highest percentage of their most recent graduating class into public interest work.

Here are the top 10 law schools on the list:

1. CUNY: 40.96%
2. Northeastern: 22.58%
3. Lewis & Clark: 22.16%
4. Yale: 19.72%
5. Cincinnati: 17.69%
6. NYU: 16.28%
7. New Mexico: 15.38%
7. Northern Illinois: 15.38%
9. Kentucky: 15.12%
10. Buffalo: 15.04%

Click here to see the rest of the law schools with the highest percentage of graduates employed in public interest work.

Are you a recent law school graduate who’s working in public interest? What did your law school do to help you? We’re interested in learning about your experiences — good or bad — and may anonymously feature some of your stories on Above the Law. You can email us, text us at (646) 820-8477, or tweet us @atlblog.

2023 Go-To Law Schools: For Judicial Clerkships, Government and Public Interest Jobs, Small Schools Reign [Law.com]


Staci ZaretskyStaci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter and Threads or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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