Emory Law School’s Response to Ranking Drop

Emory Law School has recently fallen to 30th in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Are they finally paying the price for having an ineffective career services office? It seems so. A primary reason for the drop is the decrease in placement figures. In good news, Emory Law’s reputation ranking (derived from hiring partners at BigLaw firms) is a solid 18. If hiring partners like Emory, why can’t career services get them to come on campus? Seriously, what are they doing?

Dean Partlett’s Response to the Rankings Drop (sent to law school student body):

“Dear Students,

Today, U.S. News & World Report released its annual Graduate School Rankings, including law schools. Emory Law ranks No. 30 in this year’s rankings and No. 18 in a new reputation ranking among hiring partners at the nation’s top law firms.

Emory’s move to No. 30 is surprising, and on analysis is directly attributed to a change in the methodology U.S. News uses to calculate employment statistics. The employment numbers for the 2012 rankings are based on statistics from the Class of 2009. This year, U.S. News adjusted the employment rate calculations in an attempt to present a more accurate reflection of actual employment.

Historically, many of our students pursue careers in large law firms—the sector most impacted by the Great Recession. We remain optimistic in the improvements we are seeing in many of the country’s large firms.

We remain committed to ensuring all graduates can successfully enter the practice of law prepared to make an immediate impact. We have made, and continue to make, improvements in our overall strategy for assisting students and recent graduates in their individual job searches, regardless of their career interests.

We are proud that our reputation among hiring partners remains strong, despite the economic challenges the legal market faces. We remain committed to ensuring your success and look forward to working with you as we continue to build a strong and supportive community.

Dean Partlett”


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