William & Mary Law School came in 14th among U.S. law schools in percentage of Class of 2017 graduates that secured full-time, long-term federal judicial clerkships, the school announced today. A list of schools and data are available here. The information is based on the nationwide Class of 2017 employment data released last week by the American Bar Association.
William & Mary’s 2017 graduates secured federal clerkships in seven states: Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
“Clerking for a judge is a marvelous experience for a law school graduate. Not surprisingly judicial clerkships are much sought after opportunities," said Dean Davison M. Douglas. “I am delighted that so many of our law graduates secure judicial clerkships each year with both federal and state court judges. A higher percentage of our graduates clerk after graduation than do graduates at most of the nation’s law schools.”
Slightly more than twenty-four percent of William & Mary’s Class of 2017 graduates (51 out of 208) are serving in judicial clerkships overall (almost nine percent in federal clerkships, more than 15 percent in state clerkships).
Thomas Jefferson founded William & Mary Law School in 1779 to train leaders for the new nation. Now in its third century, America’s oldest law school continues its historic mission of educating citizen lawyers who are prepared both to lead and to serve.