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 in search of internship and externship opportunities during school, employment after graduation, and career advice for the rest of their lives. 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.


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Employment Outcomes


Consider these recent rankings and metrics regarding the Columbus School of Law graduates:
  • A recent study conducted by Edward S. Adams, professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, looked at where partners in the largest legal markets went to school. The study ranks CUA Law #5 in the Washington, D.C., legal market as a school that produces the most partners in the nation’s 100 largest firms.
  • Columbus School of Law was ranked at #4 by the National Law Journal for the school with the highest percentage of 2015 graduates in permanent, fulltime government and public interest jobs.  The ranking is based on law school graduate employment data submitted to the American Bar Association by all ABA accredited law schools.
  • According to a new study published in the Spring 2016 issue of PreLaw magazine, CUA Law ranks #12 nationally as one of the most diverse law schools in the country. Conducted by Jack Manhire, the director of program development at Texas A&M University School of Law, the study looks at how well law schools’ student bodies represent the national population based on gender, race, and ethnicity. CUA Law earned a score of 95.25 out of 100 in the study.
  • U.S. News ranked our clinical training program at #21 and our part-time J.D. program at #27. Ranking factors include an increase in the undergraduate GPAs of the incoming class of first-year students and an increase in the percentage of recent graduates employed within 10 months after graduation. Also notable was a favorable student/faculty ratio of 9.7 (compared to the 12.1 average at the other five local law schools).
  • In the winter 2016 edition of preLaw magazine the Columbus School of Law was recognized as one of the best schools for students who are interested in a career as a Public Defender or Prosecutor. The Law School was ranked 5 out of the top 20 schools that were selected. The article notes that the magazine gathered data from the ABA, U.S. News & World Report, and the individual law schools, and based the "honor roll" on three factors: Employment, Curriculum, and Financial. To view the complete article, click here.

    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