National Jurist has ranked the Kline School of Law #2 in the U.S. for most-improved law schools with respect to job placements for graduates.
The school’s employment outcomes improved by 24.8 percent since 2011, with a placement rate of 85.1 percent for the Class of 2016, National Jurist noted in its “Back to School” edition.
The article cites an array of tactics the Career Strategies Office uses to reach out to a growing number of law firms for on campus interviewing (OCI) and engage students in the process of securing post-graduation jobs, starting with the ice-breaker of making coffee, tea and bottled water available to students in the office.
“Quick conversations often turn into learning opportunities for the students,” said Donna Gerson, associate dean for career strategies.
The article also notes the office’s use of multiple channels for communicating with students via social media.
National Jurist based its ranking on a calculation that gave 100 percent credit for full-time, long term jobs for which bar passage is required and reduced credit for JD-advantage or short-term jobs. Its ranking is the most recent to recognize Kline’s growing reputation as a top law school for job placements. The National Law Journal previously ranked the law school #30 in the U.S. for employment outcomes.
The variety of firms that have interviewed Kline students includes: Skadden Arps, Dechert, Morgan Lewis and Clark Hill.