Brooklyn Law Ranks 38th on National Law Journal’s Go-To Law Schools Ranking


Ranked 38

Brooklyn Law School has, once again, earned a spot on the National Law Journal’s list of Go-To Law Schools: Big Law, ranking #38, based upon the percentage of our 2023 J.D. graduates who were hired as first-year associates at the largest U.S. law firms. 

The data used for the survey, which was submitted in December, showed that a total of 16.2 percent of last year’s class, secured positions in the 100 largest law firms in the nation, an accomplishment that the Law School achieved alongside the proud distinction of being the only independent law school on the list.  

“Brooklyn Law School’s strong placement record in one of the most competitive segments of the employment market speaks volumes about the qualities of our academic program and our students,” said President and Joseph Crea Dean David D. Meyer. “Time and again, Brooklyn Law graduates have risen to leadership positions in the nation’s top law firms, both in New York and nationally, and we are proud of their continuing success.” 

Heather Spielmaker, associate dean of the Career and Professional Development Center, similarly lauded the results and said that the number of students employed in Big Law since the survey data was submitted is even higher. The Law School has confirmed that 71 graduates were hired at 38 of the nation’s largest law firms.    

“The high caliber of our graduating class, our location in the NYC metro area, and the strong relationships between our alumni network, career development office and large law firms in the area contributed to impressive employment outcomes in Big Law for the class of 2023,” Spielmaker said. “We are very proud of these graduates and look forward to building on this momentum in the future.”   

For the first time since the survey launched in 2006, its data came from law schools rather than law firms, which means each school was able to report more complete data for graduates. In the past, approximately 80 percent to 85 percent of the largest 100 law firms supplied data for the publication. 

Also new this year is the distinction that the new Go-To Law Schools list is for Big Law, but another ranking now exists, titled Go-To Law Schools: Other Employment. That list, which was released in December 2023, ranked Brooklyn Law as 66th among schools whose graduates went on to judicial clerkships, government jobs or public interest positions. For Brooklyn Law, 43 students or 12.5 percent secured jobs in those categories.  

See the full Top 50 list of Go-To Law Schools: Big Law for 2024 here: