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American Bar Association Data, analyzed by Law.com, ranks schools by the number of full-time, long-term, Bar License-Required positions for the class of 2018.
Baylor Law's 2018 class ranks 21st in the nation for employment according to an analysis of American Bar Association (ABA) data by Law.com. Almost 85% of the 2018 graduates from Baylor Law were employed in what is considered the "gold standard" category of positions requiring a bar license roughly 10 months after finishing their studies, according to statistics reported to the ABA. The employment rate for the Baylor Law class of 2018 for jobs that require Bar Passage or where having a J.D. is an advantage was almost 92%.
Baylor Law graduates outperformed the national average for all law school graduates, which showed an approximate 79 percent employment rate in jobs that are full-time, long-term, require bar passage, and not funded by the law school.
The combined efforts of both students and Baylor Law's Career Development Office has also meant that Baylor Law graduates also have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, a mere 1.69% of the class of 2018 were unemployed, the 9th-best rate among the 203 ABA-Accredited law schools in the U.S.
Baylor Law students are hardworking, dedicated, and equipped with the skills needed to enter the legal profession. It is a privilege for the Career Development team to promote Baylor Law students to employers and to help connect candidates with opportunities throughout the state and country…"–Angela Cruseturner, Assistant Dean of Career Development
"Baylor Law students are hardworking, dedicated, and equipped with the skills needed to enter the legal profession. It is a privilege for the Career Development team to promote Baylor Law students to employers and to help connect candidates with opportunities throughout the state and country," said Assistant Dean for Career Development Angela Cruseturner. "We are proud of the Class of 2018—they deserve the credit for committing to a three-year job search and taking advantage of the resources available to them that resulted in this impressive employment rate," she said.
A deeper dive into the numbers reveals additional positives. 60% of the 2018 graduates received their offer prior to graduation, up from 56.8% in 2017. The median salary rose again from $80k in 2017 to $85k in 2018.
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ABOUT BAYLOR LAW
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.edu/law
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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 baylor.edu