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Blewett School of Law among elite in federal clerkship placements

Friday, May 24, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Montana’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law is among the elite schools in the country in at least one category -- percentage of graduates hired as federal law clerks.

The school ranked 12th in 2018 in percentage of graduates hired for one of the highly sought-after jobs (8.7%). Yale – the No. 1 school in the US News and World Report ranking of law schools – led the pack in federal clerkships, with 34% of graduates. Of the 11 schools ahead of the Montana law school, 10 were top 20 law schools. The other, William & Mary, is ranked 39th.

The numbers are from a series of charts produced by Law.com detailing the law schools’ performance in 10 areas, using data released in April by the American Bar Association.

The Blewett School ranked ninth among law schools in percentage of state and local clerkships, with 21.7% of graduates getting these positions.

The UM law school also did well in percentage of students who graduated into full-time law jobs that require bar passage – widely considered the gold standard for new lawyer employment – with 76.8%, or 55th out of the 201 schools ranked.

According to the ABA data, the class of 2018 nationally had its strongest entry-level job market in a decade, with 78.6% getting jobs that require bar passage or for which a law degree is an advantage. UM was slightly below the national average in placing graduates in these jobs, ranking 107th at 78.2%.

One of the categories where Blewett School of Law graduates did not fare as well is large firm jobs, defined as jobs at firms with 100 or more attorneys. Less than 3% of the Montana school’s graduates for a ranking of 154th – not surprising considering the low number of such firms in Montana.