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October 11, 2014

“Best Career Prospects” – Northwestern Law ranked first by The Princeton Review

by Dan Rodriguez

Earlier this week, The Princeton Review released its annual Best Law Schools guide, and I am pleased to report that Northwestern Law once again has placed at or near the top in a number of categories, including the #1 spot for Best Career Prospects—a position we have held for 6 of the 10 years that The Princeton Review has published these rankings.

The Princeton Review compiled the lists based on surveys of 19,500 students attending 169 law schools during the 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14 academic years. According to its site, the survey asked students about their school’s academics, student body and campus life, and their career plans.

I am delighted by our strong showing in several important categories and am particularly pleased with the consistency of our Best Career Prospects ranking over time. These results serve as a ringing endorsement of the many features that embody the Northwestern Law Difference—our outstanding students and faculty, our collaborative culture, our innovative programs, the effective manner in which we educate and prepare students for their careers, and the myriad ways our alumni positively impact society.

I also would like to thank our Career Strategy Center team for the services and counsel they provide to our students and graduates—they have done an exceptional job.

As this article in Forbes explains yet again, the employment picture for recent law grads is not rosy. There has been a fundamental shift in the hiring market for legal talent, and it is incumbent upon us in legal education to acknowledge, understand, and respond to this evolution. I’ve written about this a lot on this blog because the legal job market—and in particular, jobs for Northwestern Law graduates—continues to be a major focus of my efforts. I appreciate the acknowledgement of our efforts from the students who responded to The Princeton Review’s survey, and want to stress that we will in no way “rest on our laurels.” There is much yet to be done.

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