Class of 2013 employer locations as of February 15, 2014. International employment locations not pictured.
As Commencement 2014 nears, Boston University School of Law prepares to send off another class of talented new attorneys in pursuit of their legal careers. It also signals a year since the Class of 2013 entered the legal marketplace.
Today, these accomplished individuals are practicing in diverse areas of the law in locations from South Boston to Seoul, Korea. While their employment choices may be varied, one point remains consistent: our graduates praise the quality of teaching and the availability of practical learning opportunities at BU Law.
The Princeton Review ranks our faculty the #1 law teaching faculty in the country. The National Jurist ranks BU Law a top-20 institution for practical training. And a recent analysis of U.S. News data places BU Law 4th on the list of law schools from which graduates' median private sector salaries were the highest relative to the average law school debt.
While this recognition speaks to the value of a BU Law education, we think the best testament to how talented, ambitious and prepared our graduates are comes from the graduates themselves. We caught up with a number of Class of 2013 alumni to find out where they are now and how they got there.
See the Class of 2013 employment statistics.
A recent analysis of ABA employment statistics ranked BU Law #21 for "elite employment outcomes," or the percentage of graduates who secured federal clerkships or were hired by large firms after graduation. Members of the Class of 2013 have followed suit on choice employment: 15 are completing clerkships—seven at the federal level—across the country, from the Supreme Court of North Dakota to the Executive Office for Immigration Review in San Juan, Puerto Rico. >> Read how Kevin Gregg, Amber Charles, Alexander Barrett, and Ben Woodworth landed their clerkships.
Every year, graduating BU Law students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to underserved populations receive prestigious national fellowships that fund their employment at various public interest organizations. In the Class of 2013, Rachel Smit was named a Skadden Fellow and is currently advocating for temporary workers in Chelsea, MA, to enforce the Temporary Worker's Right to Know Act at Greater Boston Legal Services. And Julia [Hall] Saenz, the 2013 Hanna S. Cohn Equal Justice Fellow, is working in civil rights litigation for the LGBTQ community—with a particular focus on employment law—at the Empire Justice Center in Rochester, NY.
Additionally, BU Law awards annual full-time public service fellowships to a select group of graduating students to provide legal assistance to underfunded nonprofit organizations and government agencies domestically and abroad. See the Class of 2013 recipients. The School also confers several part-time fellowships that offer a bridge to full-time employment for the newest class of alumni after graduation. The program has served our graduates well, such as Christopher Lyon, who credits his fellowship for giving him time and options in his job search process. >> Hear what Christopher Lyon is doing now.
BU Law graduates boast a history of success at law firms large and small. In fact, the National Law Journal ranks BU Law #9 in the nation for the number of alumni promoted from associate to partner at large firms in 2013, and #24 for 2013 J.D. graduates hired by the largest 250 firms. Our alumni report that rigorous academics and extensive practical training opportunities enhance their expertise in their chosen field, giving them a competitive advantage when seeking employment and readying them for actual practice. From the Class of 2013, 113 graduates have entered private practice with a firm, in locations from Tennessee to Tokyo. >> Learn how Vikki Nguyen became an IP law clerk at Gunderson Dettmer in NYC.
With such a strong criminal law clinical program, it is no surprise that BU Law graduates often go on to become public defenders. In fact, the School recently announced a new partnership with Gideon's Promise, an Atlanta-based nonprofit dedicated to public defense reform, that will provide full-time fellowships to students to work in under-resourced public defender offices, beginning with Class of 2014 recipient Thomas McCants. A number of Class of 2013 grads have chosen this career path—practicing from California to DC—including Byron Conway, staff attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. >> Read Conway's story.
In the same regard, seven Class of 2013 graduates are working as prosecutors in district attorneys' offices throughout Massachusetts—in Essex and Middlesex Counties—and New York—in the Bronx and Kings, New York and Westchester Counties. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, who was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in April 2013, welcomed three BU Law grads to her office last fall: Shaun Donnelley, Matthew Bailey, and Caitlin Gemmill. >> Learn what all three have in common.
In-house jobs are infamously hard to come by for recent law school graduates. But BU Law offers students opportunties like the Legal Externship Program and Semester in Practice Program, where they can spend a semester gaining experience in-house at a corporation, nonprofit or government organization. Students also become familiar with issues familiar to a general counsel—like employment law, transactional work and contract drafting—through BU Law's various clinics, the Transactional Law Program, and the legal writing curriculum. Ambitious new alumni are often able to leverage these experiences into a full-time, in-house positions after graduation. >> Read about Patrick Mattina's work with the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association of NYC.
BU Law's recently launched In-House Counsel Fellowship Program offers new alumni another route in-house. Corporations and nonprofits partner with the law school for the opportunity to hire our graduates for one year to work in their legal departments. The organizations gain talented resources at a reasonable salary (similar to that of judicial law clerks), and the new attorneys receive valuable legal experience. >> Learn about Anna Oh's in-house experience at EMC.
Not only does BU Law boast top-ranked programs in subjects like health law and intellectual property, but the School offers students a well-rounded legal education through which they may pursue a variety of budding intellectual interests. Jenny Small, for example, was able to pursue her passion for indigenous law through a number of courses, plus opportunities like the spring break pro bono trips and the Native American Law Student Association, which she founded. Her experiences have culminated in the form of a Fulbright Scholarship, which she is currently pursuing in Chile. >> Read about Small's research on the Mapuche and the application of international norms for indigenous rights.
Selection to the Judge Advocate General's Corps offers law school graduates a distinguished opportunity to blend the practice of law with military service. In addition to military law, JAG attorneys encounter issues related to criminal law, administrative law, and operational law, among others, allowing for a diversified legal experience. The BU Law Class of 2013 saw three members commissioned into the JAG Corps, stationed in Japan, Virginia and California with the Air Force, Army and Navy, respectively. >> Learn about First Lieutenant Justin Kman's journey to becoming a special victims' counsel with the U.S. Army.
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