When the ABA announced law school employment results for 2020 graduates this month, Drexel’s Kline School of Law had reason to cheer. The school ranked 20 out of the 194 U.S. law schools in employment outcomes for 2020 graduates.
As of March 2021, 90.1 percent of 2020 Kline Law graduates were employed in “gold standard” jobs: full-time, long-term positions requiring the bar or where a JD is an advantage. Kline Law’s employment results put the school 12.6 percent above the 2020 national average of 77.4 percent.
“This success is the result of having extraordinarily hard working students, a committed faculty, a great alumni base, and a career strategies office that is relentless,” said Donna Gerson, associate dean for career strategies. “And we take a very personal approach to helping students.”
The global pandemic left the class of 2020 facing a particularly difficult job market. Overall, fewer law school graduates are employed in these desirable jobs this year than they were in 2019. The national average is down from 80.6 percent in 2019. Kline Law’s employment outcomes, however, improved from the 88.9 percent reported in 2019.
“When our graduates leave school, they have gone on to do everything from federal clerkships to working in public defense, with big firms, or as in-house counsels,” said Gerson. “The most gratifying thing for us at Kline Law is to see our graduates find their own best paths, whatever that may be.”