Washburn Law a Top Law School for Government Jobs

Graphic: Cover of January 2012 issue of National Jurist.Washburn University School of Law is one of 20 out of all 200 law schools recognized by National Jurist as "Top Law Schools for Government Jobs." Washburn Law was also among the top 20 law schools in the country for the percent of graduates employed as prosecutors and public defenders.

A January 23, 2012 editorial in the Topeka Capital-Journal touts this recognition as bringing "national attention to Washburn University and Topeka and shouldn't go unmentioned."

"Nearly one quarter of Washburn Law graduates pursue careers in government immediately following graduation," said Dean Thomas J. Romig. "This fact spurred the development of our Center for Law and Government, which was launched in 2008 as a way to better prepare Washburn law students with expanded opportunities for public service."

"We are proud that National Jurist recognized Washburn Law's excellent and well-deserved reputation for preparing students for government jobs," Romig said.

As its primary focus, the Center for Law and Government provides superior legal education to prepare highly qualified public servants for a broad range of careers associated with local, state, and federal government. A Certificate in Law and Government was initiated in 2011 for students who desire to concentrate their elective courses of study and their extra-curricular activities in the general area of law and government.

National Jurist looked at employment data, curricula and standard of living to determine the top law schools for government jobs. Standard of living is a calculation that includes debt, loan forgiveness options, salary and regional cost of living.

"Our goal was to identify the law schools that have a proven track record of producing graduates for the different segments of public service," said Jack Crittenden, Editor In Chief of National Jurist. "Other rankings may focus on prestige. This study focuses on results."

National Jurist recognized 20 law schools that excel in preparing students for service in government. The complete lists were published in the January issue of National Jurist and the Winter issue of preLaw magazine.

Posted December 13, 2011. Updated January 24, 2012.