With that in mind, it stands to reason that we want to choose schools based on our professional goals and their ability to help us reach them. Thankfully, there has been a movement over the last decade to pressure law schools into releasing standardized, useful information about the employment outcomes of their graduates. That information can be a bit overwhelming, so we're going to take a look at how to read the two most common employment reports: the ABA report and the NALP report.
If what you want is a summary of biglaw numbers or PI careers, check out Nebby's two stickied threads. But if you want to dig in to the fine details, read on! None of this is a great mystery, and I wouldn't have even thought that this information might be useful in a guide if I hadn't received a PM asking about where to find it. But if one person asks me in PM, someone else either doesn't know to ask the questions yet or doesn't know who to ask, and might benefit from having it all in one place.
Also, if you want more nuanced information on how to distinguish the *quality* of biglaw jobs, and why you should be aiming higher than just any old firm with market pay, see a great analysis by SmokeytheBear here: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=1839 And UVA2B has a guide to two great resources on law firms, the NALP directory and Chambers & Partners, here: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=2096 This latter can help you find out what firms are in your target market and what kind of work they do.
Law School Transparency has a wealth of information on law schools, including their ABA employment reports, at https://www.lstreports.com/schools/ Just select the school you want to view, click on "Jobs" then "ABA Charts". This will let you view several years of employment data for the school. The other pages contain some additional useful information, much of it in easy-to-read form, which we will explore in the second post in this thread.
They also have some NALP data at https://www.lawschooltransparency.com/r ... -Database/ Not all schools make this information public, and even among the ones that do, they don't necessarily publish every year in full. This may mean that you have more information about one school you are considering than you do about another, but this whole process is an exercise in making the best decision you can with incomplete information.