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WVU Law Ranks Top 25 for Alumni in Corporate Leadership

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University College of Law ranks 16th in the nation for the most alumni leading publicly traded companies, according to new research. The findings come from Robert Anderson, associate professor of law at Pepperdine University.

Using data from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Anderson recently determined the top 25 law schools with the highest percentage of alumni serving as corporate directors or executive officers. He writes about his research in his blog, Witnesseth: Law, Deals, & Data.

While Anderson’s rankings closely match the standard law school hierarchy, he told The National Law Journal that “a handful of law schools performed better on the corporate boardroom analysis than their U.S. News & World Report rankings would indicate.” WVU Law’s No. 16 on the corporate leadership list is higher than its No. 91 U.S. News Best Law Schools ranking.

In his blog, Anderson writes “West Virginia manages to break into the top 25, largely because of its small size and critical mass of graduates in public company positions.”

WVU Law has 12 alumni who are directors and executive officers of publicly traded companies, according to Anderson’s research. Per student enrolled, that’s a higher number (and ranking) than several U.S. News top 25 institutions.

Top 25 Law Schools for Alumni Leading Publicly Traded Companies

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Columbia University
  4. Yale University
  5. Cornell University
  6. University of Chicago
  7. New York University
  8. University of Pennsylvania
  9. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
  10. Northwestern University
  11. University of California—Berkeley
  12. Georgetown University
  13. University of Virginia
  14. Pennsylvania State University
  15. University of Notre Dame
  16. West Virginia University
  17. University of Texas—Austin
  18. University of Southern California
  19. Boston College
  20. Duke University
  21. George Washington University
  22. Fordham University
  23. Vanderbilt University
  24. Boston University
  25. Brooklyn Law School


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