Michigan Law has also long enjoyed renown as a launching pad to the nation's premier private law firms; it is among the top law schools in placing the largest percentage of graduates in the most prestigious national law firms. Over 450 domestic and international law firms, including branch offices, hired our 2008-2012 graduates. More specifically, 334 went to New York City, 195 to Chicago, 110 to Washington, D.C., 25 to Boston, 55 to Los Angeles, and 67 to the California Bay Area.
View our complete list of law-firm employers for the classes of 2008 through 2012 (PDF).
The list below includes links to some of our favorite resources for identifying and researching law firms. For advice on the law firm job application process and timeline, preparing your application materials, and networking, please visit our Student Career Toolkit
in addition to the resources listed in the On-Campus Interviewing Section below.
Alumni in Medium/Small Firms: List of alumni in firms with 11-100 attorneys.
Non-OCI Law Firm Database: Database of small and mid-size firms and branch offices of large firms in select markets.
NALP Directory of Legal Employers: Directory of more than 1,600 employers nationwide.
Chambers and Partners: Directories and reviews of firms based on client-focused criteria. The website also contains a link to the helpful Chambers Associate site.
Law.com's Surveys, Lists & Reviews: Lists such as the AmLaw100, the AmLaw Summer Associates Survey, the NLJ 250, and the A-List, which tracks factors such as pro bono, associate satisfaction, and diversity.
Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory: Database of over one million lawyers and law firms in 160 countries.
Resources assessible through the UMLS Library Website:
- ALM Intelligence Reports provide searchable statistical data and descriptive reports about law firms updated monthly.
- Vault's Online Law Career Library contains a number of "prestige rankings" and associate satisfaction surveys.
On-Campus Interviewing (OCI)
During Early Interview Week (EIW) in August 2012, almost 500 employers from 31 states, Washington, D.C., and five foreign countries conducted over 5,300 interviews with our students. Approximately 380 of our 2L and 3L students participated in this program. In addition to EIW, we offer a smaller on-campus program in the fall. Beyond on-campus interview opportunities, almost 1,500 other employers from throughout the United States contacted the Law School last year to post job openings and to request student resumes. Nearly all of the American Lawyer Top 100 firms, the American Lawyer Global 100 firms, and the American Lawyer list of Best Places to Work firms visit the law school or request resumes of Michigan Law students.
Early Interview Week 2013 is scheduled (EIW) on Thursday - Friday, August 15-16th and Monday - Tuesday, August 19-20th. The Fall Interview Program will be September 18, 19, 25, and 26 and October 2 and 3, 2013. The 2014 Winter Interview Program will be February 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, 2014.
On Campus Interviewing Procedures (OCI Guide)
EIW 2012 Bidding Podcast (MP3 file)
EIW 2012 Bidding Podcast transcript
EIW 2012 Interview Callback Program (MP3 file)
EIW 2012 Interview Callback Program slides
Advice from Alums for EIW
After EIW Checklist
Dean's Memo Regarding Procedures for Handling Placement Discrimination Complaints
Evaluating a Law Firm's Stability and Questions to Ask
NALP Time Frame for Accepting a Summer Job
Etiquette Tips for Surviving the Recruiting Season
Top Ten Resume Tips
These profiles track the cumulative GPA of those second and third year Michigan Law School students who received an offer from a particular employer, dating back to interviews held in the Fall of 2007, not just those students who have accepted their offers. The information dates back to interviews in Fall 2007 through interviews held in Fall 2012, so that it includes offers received when the economy was strong as well as when the legal market was less robust.
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Employer GPA Qualification Profiles for 2Ls
Employer GPA Qualification Profiles for 3Ls
Law School Equal Employment Opportunity Form
Letter of Recommendation Request Form
Letter of Recommendation Distribution Form
NALP Travel Expense Form
NALP Reimbursement Form Tips
Visit the links in the "Resources for Researching Law Firms" section above. For information on government employers, visit our Government Practice page.