Baylor Law Ranks #18 in 2017 Law School Graduates Hiring Report

May 1, 2018

Baylor Law Ranks #18 in Most Recent Law School Graduates Hiring Report

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American Bar Association Data, analyzed by, ranks schools by the number of full-time, long-term, Bar License-Required positions for the class of 2017. has released its analysis of American Bar Association data on graduate employment, and Baylor Law ranks at #18 in the nation, and #1 among all Texas law schools, for full-time employment in what is considered the "gold standard" category of positions requiring a bar license.

This data comes on the heels of Baylor Law’s #1 ranking in the country on Bar Passage rate for the 2015 class: 100% of Baylor Law’s 2015 graduates passed the bar exam within two years of graduation, the highest rate of all 204 ABA-approved law schools.

"In what continues to be a challenging job market— the number of lawyer jobs found by graduates nationwide remained essentially flat— students must commit to a three-year job search and work hard to locate and secure their positions," stated Baylor Law's Assistant Dean of Career Development, Angela Cruseturner. "Baylor Law’s Class of 2017 did exactly that. We enjoyed working with them and are incredibly proud of their success," she added.

Baylor Law’s Career Development Office works with each student early in their law school journey, to recognize their strengths, identify their interests, develop a career plan and take proactive steps to help them land the position they seek following graduation.

Baylor Law’s Career Development Office (CDO) works with each student individually, to recognize them recognize their strengths, identify their interests, develop a career plan and take proactive steps to help them land the position they seek following graduation. Likewise, the CDO works tirelessly with legal employers to make the process of identifying the right Baylor Lawyer simple.

The combined efforts of both students and CDO has meant that Baylor Law graduates also have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, a mere 2.31% of the class of 2017 were unemployed, the 24th-best rate among the 204 ABA-Acreddited law schools in the U.S.

The report also provides ten comprehensive charts listing law schools by different categories, including which schools sent the most students into federal and state clerkships, government and public interest jobs, which had the highest unemployment rates, and which had the most school-funded positions.

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Established in 1857, Baylor Law was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,400 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. Baylor Law boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program as one of the top 5 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #50 in the magazine’s 2019 edition of "America’s Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and #4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984. Learn more at

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Learn more at

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