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University of Virginia Ranks Number One On “Real Lawyers” List

April 18, 2013 by The Parrish Law Firm

A California law professor has crunched some numbers and listed University of Virginia law school as the school with the highest percent of graduates employed in full time, long term positions that require passing the bar exam, reports Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

Virginia state’s bar exam is already one of the toughest in the nation, and now according to professor Derek Muller of Pepperdine University, the U.Va is also churning out the most successful graduates. Muller used information from U.S. New & World Report to create his “Real Lawyers” list that ranks schools based on the number of 2011 graduates in full time, long term law positions; U.VA was number one on the list.

According to Muller, a staggering 94.7 percent of U.Va grads meet the “Real Lawyers” criteria, putting it ahead of Yale, Stanford, Harvard and Columbia.

For 2012 graduates, the American Bar Associated listed U.Va as second on the “Real Lawyers” list, behind only the University of Chicago.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked U.Va seventh in the nation on their own list, which uses a weighted average of 12 “measures of quality” that include placement success, peer assessment, and faculty resources, among others.

However, U.Va is financing many of those jobs itself, around 15.1 percent, which places it fourth in a rank using 2012 graduates.

While the accolades are pouring in, U.Va Dean Paul G. Mahoney doesn’t put too much stock into the numbers, noting that he doesn’t “pay a lot of attention to rankings per se,” but is nonetheless pleased with the recognition.

James Parrish, the founding attorney of Parrish Law Firm, PLLC, is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia.

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