Another look at the top schools for externships

We published a list of the top schools for externship opportunities in our Fall issue of preLaw magazine  and the October issue of National Jurist. We used the ratio of field placements to enrollment to rank the top 20 schools — with University of St. Thomas taking top honors. But we errored in that in the chart we listed it as full-time enrollment. While the data was total enrollment, we made the identification error because we had internally been debating whether to use full-time or total enrollment. 

The difference, of course, are part-time students who presumably are working full-time and don't have the opportunity to take on an externship. So, we went back and looked at the numbers using full-time enrollment only. There is no change in the top four, and 19 of the 20 schools are still in the top 20. But Thomas Jefferson rises from 15 to 5 on the chart, and University of Denver rises from 12 to 6. Santa Clara  University, another school with a significant part-time enrollment, also rises — from 16 to 8. 

FT Enroll Rank

Total Enroll Rank

Law School 2011 FT Enroll  2011 positions

2010 & 2011  avg %

1 University of St. Thomas  475 609 131.8%
2 2 Northeastern University 629 483 81.8
3 3 University of Utah 402 278 62.2
4 4 Brigham Young University 443 252 50.2
5 15 Thomas Jefferson  687 368 44.8
6 12 University of Denver 768 324 44.3
7 5 Brooklyn Law School 1293 713 44.1
8 16 Santa Clara University 749 382 41.1
9 7 Arizona State 614 248 40.5
10 6 Earle Mack School of Law 440 222 40.3
11 8 Indiana Univ. - Bloomington 646 258 37.4
12 9 Appalachian School of Law 313 112 36.9
13 20 Southwestern University 741 267 36.5
14 18 University Nevada Las Vegas 347 125 36.3
15 10 University of Illinois 640 257 36.2
16 11 University of Colorado 546 199 34.9
17 13 University of Cincinnati 408 143 34.8
18 14 Valparaiso University 531 176 34.8
19 21 University of Maryland 734 230 32.7
20 19 Golden Gate University 616 171 32.6


 

 

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