Class of 2024 Sees Strong Growth in Federal Clerkships, Large-Firm Placements

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Oct 26, 2023 11:39:35 AM

Texas A&M Law Employment Placement Data

After the Class of 2022 ranked first in the nation for post-graduate employment, Texas A&M Law continues to produce strong outcomes for its students. After graduation, 48 members of the class of 2024 will join a large law firm or clerk for a federal judge. Two will clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In all, Texas A&M Law has placed 33 students in federal judicial clerkships in the past four years.

To date, 27 percent of the Class of 2024 have secured employment in a federal judicial clerkship or with a large law firm — up from 16 percent of the Class of 2023. This includes 35 students in the Class of 2024 who have obtained employment at firms with 501 or more attorneys — up from 14 in the Class of 2023.

"The latest employment figures demonstrate not only the quality of our students but also the immense dedication of our faculty and staff,” said Robert Ahdieh, Dean of Texas A&M Law. “Their efforts help advance the careers of Aggie lawyers and extend our national reach in job placement.”

The strong results for the Class of 2024 stem from increased participation by employers in the law school’s employment processes, including among firms on the East Coast. The number of employers recruiting from the law school increased by 38 percent for the Class of 2023. Similarly, the Class of 2024 yielded the largest number of on-campus interview sessions ever; on-campus interviews increased by 40 percent for the Class of 2023.

In addition to strong employment outcomes, Texas A&M also earned the highest pass rate of any Texas law school on the 2023 Texas bar exam—evidencing the school’s commitment to producing graduates who are ready for practice.

Several students reflected on the support they received during their job search.

Kathryn Keating“Coming into law school, I expected to be on my own in seeking career opportunities. I could not have been more wrong! From day one, the staff and faculty assisted me in discovering my desired career path. Advisors, professors, and deans — they all acknowledged my interest in federal courts and appellate practice and enthusiastically worked with me one-on-one toward my goal of clerking for a judge. From my experience with the Texas Supreme Court and federal district courts to private practice litigation — all leading to my post-graduation clerkship at the U.S. Court of Appeals — I know I would not be where I am at the start of my legal career without the support of so many at Texas A&M!”

Kathryn Keating | Class of 2024
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Erin Elms"While attending Texas A&M Law, I enrolled in the Judicial Law Clerk Bootcamp taught by Judge Rebecca Rutherford. Because of Texas A&M’s esteemed professors and practical classes, not only did I meet my future boss, but I also learned practical skills. After graduating and studying for the bar, I started clerking for Judge Rutherford. In this role, I met several other federal judges, including Judge Sam A. Lindsay, with whom I later accepted a second clerkship.”

Erin Elms | Class of 2022
U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas

Large Law Firms

Paige Alderink“Career Services was so valuable to me during my time at Texas A&M. As a first-generation law student, I did not know anything about law school, much less getting a job as a 1L. Thankfully, Career Services got involved with every student from our very first semester. As an introverted person, I was nervous about screening interviews and even more nervous about call-back interviews (which can be anywhere from one to four hours long). Career Services assisted me in preparing for all my interviews and even prepared a quiet room for me during my 1L year for a virtual call-back, which led to my 1L summer job.”

Paige Aldernik | Class of 2023
Jones Day

Jasmine Jones“Having a degree from A&M has assisted me in many ways. The Aggie Network is strong, and it encompasses not just alumni of the law school, but of the main campus as well. I have had interviews simply because they found out I was Aggie. The Career Services Office is amazing! I would not have gotten my current job without the mock interviews, resume edits, and motivational talks I received throughout the interview process from the Career Services staff. They genuinely care that you not only get a job but that you get a job you like!”

Jasmine Jones | Class of 2023
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Alexis Symcheck“My degree from Texas A&M Law has helped me incredibly, because it allowed me to get hands-on experience, through both a clinic and externships, before entering the workforce. I’ve had so many great experiences with the staff at Texas A&M. For every single interview I’ve had while in law school, Career Services connected me with Aggie alumni with whom I could grab coffee and chat with before the interview. They went through my resume with me, line by line, and provided helpful insights and suggestions before I sent anything off to potential employers.”

Alexis Symcheck | Class of 2023
Baker Botts

Meaganne Lewellyn"Texas A&M Law helped me realize that — no matter your educational background — every past experience is valuable in law school. I worked as a clinical dietitian and in hospital management prior to law school. My professors showed me how to integrate and build success on what I assumed were unrelated skills: how writing medical chart notes was similar to building a legal argument, for example. Career Services helped me see the variety of future careers available to someone with a medical background. I am forever grateful to the A&M Law faculty and staff!"

Meaganne Lewellyn | Class of 2022
Ropes & Gray

Forrest Gothia“The numerous intellectual property classes offered at Texas A&M Law have allowed me to enter the workforce with an in-depth understanding of the current state of the law. They have allowed me to stand out among my peers, to impress partners, and to excel in my area of expertise. The mock interview program through the Career Services Office was [also] a great benefit in overcoming nerves, practicing answers, and determining what areas I needed to work on. By the time I had my first real-world interview, I was confident, owned the room, and got the job offer!”

Forrest Gothia | Class of 2021

Arielle Williams

“My degree has afforded me the opportunity to live out my wildest dreams. Receiving my degree from Texas A&M School of Law has allowed me to pass through doors that I never imagined. Because of the education I received, I am now licensed to practice law in five states. Every single person that I encountered at Texas A&M wanted to see me succeed. It did not matter whether they were in Career Services or not. They helped me to find opportunities that best suited me. Serving as a research assistant to Professor Michael Green helped solidify my passion for Workplace Law."

Arielle M. Williams | Class of 2021
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

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