LawCrossing, an online legal job board, has released a list of the top law schools in America according to Harrison Barnes, a prominent legal recruiter and attorney of 20 years. Barnes’ list consists of 11 legal institutions that are considered to be the best law schools in the United States. However, rather than ranking the schools based on the usual metrics of hiring percentage, like the lists of U.S. News, National Jurist, and others, Barnes bases his ranking on long-term employability.
Barnes sees that these schools possess their own individual cultures that manifest into certain personality traits in their graduates. These personality traits, in Barnes’ opinion, usually determine how well a graduate can adapt to his or her work atmosphere.
For example, Stanford tops the list because Barnes states, “It is a small law school like Yale, selective like Yale and seems to basically attract the same quality of student but without an extreme level of inquisitiveness. The thing that is so nice about Stanford Law School is the complete absence of ‘pretension’ that graduates of schools like Yale and Harvard seem to carry around.”