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Penn Law #1 in the country for new grads’ employment outcomes in 2020 U.S. News rankings

March 14, 2019

The University of Pennsylvania Law School is once again the number one law school in the country for employment outcomes, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings of law schools. As in past years, the 2020 U.S. News rankings incorporate employment outcomes both at the time of graduation and 10 months after. The ranking gives full weight to jobs that are full-time positions not funded by the law school, lasting at least a year, and for which bar passage is required or a JD is an advantage.

The ranking uses data from law school’s classes of 2017. Penn Law’s Class of 2017 was more than 99 percent employed.

“The mission for our career services program is to empower our students to know their own strengths and interests, understand the many possibilities available to them, and position themselves to achieve their goals,” said Maureen Reilly, Penn Law’s Assistant Dean and Executive Director for Career Services. “We support this mission with a team of highly dedicated and skilled professionals, each bringing deep and varied legal experience to their roles. We take great pride in the accomplishments of our students and the role that we play in supporting their goals.”

In addition to being number one for employment outcomes, Penn Law is again ranked as the number seven law school in the country by U.S News.

“At Penn Law, our exceptional students receive a rigorous cross-disciplinary education that prepares them to excel in every sphere of the working world, from law firms and global corporations, to federal and state court clerkships, public interest and nonprofit organizations, and the government,” said Ted Ruger, Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law. “With the knowledge and skills they develop here at the Law School, new lawyers are prepared to succeed and thrive throughout their careers even as the law and our society continue to evolve.”

The hallmarks of the Penn Law experience are a cross-disciplinary, globally-focused legal education, and a vibrant intellectual community. Penn Law prepares graduates to navigate an increasingly complex world as leaders and influential decision-makers in the law and related fields.