Law school reports high number of graduates in judicial clerkships

January 12, 2012

Though it is a young institution, Liberty University School of Law is producing graduates who are quickly advancing their career goals, on par with students from well-established programs throughout the country.

U.S. News & World Report has recognized the School of Law as being in the top 17 percent of all law schools for placing graduates as law clerks for federal courts. The ranking, published last year, showed the percentage of the 2009 J.D. graduating classes that were employed as clerks (full-time assistants) by Article III federal judges. Liberty ranked 34 out of 200 ABA-accredited law schools.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment because federal law clerkships are the top-of-the-line jobs in terms of prestige and academic achievement,” said Dean Mat Staver.

He said federal clerkships, usually one- to two-year jobs, are highly competitive positions and help to launch many into successful careers practicing law. Judicial clerks learn research and writing skills and gain courtroom and behind-the-scenes experience.

Liberty University School of Law was founded in 2004 and received full accreditation approval by the American Bar Association Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar * in August 2010.

The school offers courses that equip students to be well-prepared in civil, criminal and constitutional litigation, public policy, media and entertainment, business planning, estate planning, real estate development, government administration, international human rights, and much more. For more information, visit www.law.liberty.edu or call (434) 592-5300.


*The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598, 312-988-5000.