Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law was ranked #37 in Above the Law’s (ATL) 2021 “Top 50 Law Schools.”
“This ranking is a wonderful testament to our amazing Kline Law faculty and graduates, and particularly the passionate commitment of our Career Strategies Office,” said Dean Daniel Filler. “This result is consistent with the strong feedback we receive from both employers and alumni. Increasingly, rankings organizations are recognizing what we’ve known for some time: Kline Law is a top-flight law school offering students tremendous value and strong career outcomes.”
ATL’s methodology for the Top 50 ranking prioritizes employment outcomes, with a focus on full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage. The methodology emphasizes best-paying law firms and federal clerkships while excluding solo practitioners and school-funded positions. Also taken into account are the total cost of attendance and a debt-per-job ratio that compares indebtedness of a school’s graduates to the number of legal jobs they obtain.
As of March 2021, 90.1 percent of 2020 Kline Law graduates were employed in full-time, long-term positions requiring the bar or where a JD is an advantage. This placed Kline Law among the top 20 law schools in employment outcomes.
The ATL ranking comes on the heels of the U.S. News & World Report’s “2022 Best Law Schools,” which ranked Kline Law among the top 40 private law schools in the country. Kline Law was ranked #81 for 2022, up from #93 in 2021, and has advanced a total of 46 places from its 2016 U.S. News ranking.