The Catholic University of America
Career and Professional Development

The Columbus School of Law's Office of Career and Professional Development is dedicated to assisting students secure employment not solely after graduation, but for the rest of their lives. This commitment to life long service stems from the belief that career management extends far beyond graduation. Staffed by career planning professionals with advanced degrees in law, the office provides individual and group counseling, workshops, panels, instructional materials and job listings as well as activities that facilitate direct contact with prospective employers.


Consider these recent metrics regarding the training, employability and career success of Columbus School of Law graduates:
  • The law school is ranked in the Top 15 nationally in a 2014 survey of law firm associates’ satisfaction with their legal educations. The midlevel associates survey conducted by The American Lawyer magazine asked respondents to rate their law schools on how well they prepared them for firm life. That question is the one that the survey’s authors felt “correlated most strongly with overall job satisfaction.” Catholic University’s law school was the only one in the Washington, D.C. metro region to be included in the top 30 on the list.
  • Forbes recently ranked law schools based on their graduates’ median salaries. CUA is ranked 30th overall, based on our graduates’ starting median salary of $63,000. See Forbes, “The Law Schools Whose Grads Earn the Biggest Paychecks,” (March 2013).
  • A recent scholarly article explored whether there is any correlation between a law school’s ranking and its graduates’ career success. To test the question, the author compared the U.S. News’ rankings of law schools with the total number of their graduates who are partners at the 250 largest law firms. The author founds that CUA Law ranks 36th among the number of partners at the largest law firms (significantly outperforming our U.S. News ranking) and is the 6th ranked top feeder school for law firm partners in the Washington area (ahead of Yale, Chicago, Michigan, and Columbia). See Theodore P. Seto, “Where Do Partners Come From?” 62 J. Legal Educ. 242 (2012).
  • “Super Lawyers” is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. There are 657 CUA Law alumni currently listed in “Super Lawyers.” This includes 150 CUA Law graduates practicing as Super Lawyers in the District of Columbia.  The 2014 edition of Super Lawyers extends its recognition to a total of 324 CUA Law alumni in the DC/MD/VA market.

    See CUA Law Accolades for more examples of recent recognition. 

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Office of Career and Professional Development

3600 John McCormack Road, NE
Cardinal Station, Suite 163
Washington, DC 20064-0001

Phone: 202-319-5132 
Fax: 202-319-4734

Career & Professional Development Staff