After discussing the sad ABA’s Law School Graduate Employment Data with Toby yesterday, he mentioned that it would be kind of cool to see some of the stats broken out into a Wordle to see which schools stood out in a “visual” way. So, just for fun, I started playing around with some of the good and bad stats based on number of graduates and the type of employment those graduates reported have. One of the things that I kept noticing as I went through the “good” numbers, was how often the University of Virginia (UVA) kept ranking near the top. Of course, these are very generic statistics (and we all know the issues surrounding the ‘fudging’ of stats by schools lately), but just looking at these, it was pretty clear that if you want to jump out of law school and have a job, UVA is one of the best options for you. Just in case you were wondering… the University of Puerto Rico, and Whittier College consistently hold down the bottom of most of the statistics.

Here’s some of the stats that I compiled out of the data and formatted into a Wordle… enjoy.

Full-Time Employment that requires a JD

Any Employment that requires a JD


(AKA – “Screw it… I gotta get a job!”)





  • Note: I had a person on Twitter that got a little miffed at me for putting the "Screw it, I just need a job" comment on the graph for Non-JD Employment. I wanted to point out that this stat was for those who said they were employed in a position that neither required a JD, nor did the JD give them an advantage in obtaining the position.

  • The reason is simple; the job market in DC is very good and UVa is relatively close so many of these graduates work in DC. I know of UVa graduates working in the DC prosecutor's office and another with the CIA.

  • I guess the three rules apply here, too:

  • UVA or Yale? These stats are almost as misleading as those presented by the law schools. If you want options, and you get in to Yale and UVA, where do you think you should go to law school???