Placement Data for Law Graduates

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Our most recent employment data is available here:

ABA Employment Summary for the Class of 2020

*Information on employment outcomes for the Class of 2020 may not reflect a particular law school’s typical results in this area. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bar admission exams were canceled or delayed in many jurisdictions, thus making it more challenging for graduates to secure employment by the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at www.abarequireddisclosures.org.

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This data was collected and reported in April 2021 and uses the ABA’s definitions for the various categories, except if noted otherwise.  Information on employment outcomes for the Class of 2020 may not reflect a particular law school’s typical results in this area. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bar admission exams were canceled or delayed in many jurisdictions, thus making it more challenging for graduates to secure employment by the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at www.abarequireddisclosures.org.

Overall, the employment status of 100% of the Class of 2020 (250/250) was ascertained by the Career Development Office. As of March 15, 2021, 221 of these graduates were employed, 1 had a deferred start date for employment, and 25 were still seeking employment. The placement rate as of March 15, 2021, for all graduates from the Class of 2020 (221/250) was 88.4%.

Types of Employment

For graduates known to be employed, both full-time and part-time, the breakdown of their areas of employment is as follows:

  • Law Firms: 132/221 (59.7%)
  • Government: 36/221 (16.3%)
  • Business and Industry: 28/221 (12.7%)
  • Judicial Clerkships: 16/221 (7.2%)
  • Public Interest: 7/221 (3.2%)
  • Education: 2/221 (.9%)

Employment Distribution by Size of Law Firms

For graduates working at law firms, the breakdown of firm size is as follows:

  • Solo: 0/132 (0%)
  • 1 to 10 Attorneys: 35/132 (26.5%)
  • 11 to 25 Attorneys: 19/132 (14.4%)
  • 26 to 50 Attorneys: 9/132 (6.8%)
  • 51 to 100 Attorneys: 23/132 (17.4%)
  • 101 to 250 Attorneys: 7/132 (5.3%)
  • 251 to 500 Attorneys: 5/132 (3.8%)
  • 501+ Attorneys: 34/132 (25.8%)

Employment Breakdown

  • Employed Full-Time: 211/221 (95.5%)
  • Employed Part-Time: 10/221 (4.5%)

Terms of Employment

  • Long-Term Basis: 216/221 (97.7%)
  • Short-Term Basis: 5/221 (2.3%)

 Bar Admission

  • Bar Passage Required: 194/221 (87.8%)
  • J.D. advantage: 23/221 (10.4%)
  • Professional Position: 3/221 (1.4%)
  • Non-Professional Position: 1/221 (.5%)
  • Law School/University Funded: 0/221 (0%)

This data was collected and reported in April 2020 and uses the ABA’s definitions for the various categories, except if noted otherwise.

Overall, the employment status of 100% of the Class of 2019 (222/222) was ascertained by the Career Development Office. As of March 16, 2020, 208 of these graduates were employed, 1 had a deferred start date for employment, and 13 were still seeking employment. The placement rate as of March 16, 2020, for all graduates from the Class of 2019 (208/222) was 93.7%.

Types of Employment

For graduates known to be employed, both full-time and part-time, the breakdown of their areas of employment is as follows:

  • Law Firms: 125/208 (60.1%)
  • Government: 45/208 (21.6%)
  • Business and Industry: 22/208 (10.6%)
  • Judicial Clerkships: 8/208 (3.8%)
  • Public Interest: 7/208 (3.4%)
  • Education: 1/208 (.5%)

Employment Distribution by Size of Law Firms

For graduates working at law firms, the breakdown of firm size is as follows:

  • Solo: 0/125 (0%)
  • 1 to 10 Attorneys: 27/125 (21.6%)
  • 11 to 25 Attorneys: 18/125 (14.4%)
  • 26 to 50 Attorneys: 11/125 (8.8%)
  • 51 to 100 Attorneys: 29/125 (23.2%)
  • 101 to 250 Attorneys: 5/125 (4%)
  • 251 to 500 Attorneys: 6/125 (4.8%)
  • 501+ Attorneys: 29/125 (23.2)

Employment Breakdown

  • Employed Full-Time: 204/208 (98.1%)
  • Employed Part-Time: 4/208 (1.9%)

Terms of Employment

  • Long-Term Basis: 207/208 (99.5%)
  • Short-Term Basis: 1/208 (.5%)

Bar Admission

  • Bar Passage Required: 193/208 (92.8%)
  • J.D. advantage (“The possession of a JD by the graduate was sought by the employer, required by the employer, or provided a demonstrable advantage in either obtaining or performing the duties of the position from the perspective of the employer.”): 14/208 (6.7%)
  • Professional Position (“The position requires professional skills or training, managerial or supervisory responsibilities, or the regular use of professional judgment from the perspective of the employer.”): 1/208 (.5%)
  • Non-Professional Position (“The position does not require any special professional skills or training from the perspective of the employer.”): 0/208 (0%)
  • Law School/University Funded: 0/208 (0%)

This data was collected and reported in April 2019 and uses the ABA’s definitions for the various categories, except if noted otherwise.

Overall, the employment status of 100% of the Class of 2018 (226/226) was ascertained by the Career Development Office. As of March 15, 2019, 211 of these graduates were employed, 2 had a deferred start date for employment, 12 were still seeking employment, and 1 was pursuing a graduate degree. The placement rate as of March 15, 2019, for all graduates from the Class of 2018 (211/226) was 93.4%.

Types of Employment

For graduates known to be employed, both full-time and part-time, the breakdown of their areas of employment is as follows:

  • Law Firms: 128/211 (60.7%)

  • Government: 40/211 (19%)

  • Business and Industry: 23/211 (10.9%)

  • Judicial Clerkships: 9/211 (4.3%)

  • Public Interest: 9/211 (4.3%)

  • Education: 2/211 (.9%)

Employment Distribution by Size of Law Firms

For graduates working at law firms, the breakdown of firm size is as follows:

  • Solo: 0/128 (0%)

  • 2 to 10 Attorneys: 42/128 (32.8%)

  • 11 to 25 Attorneys: 20/128 (15.6%)

  • 26 to 50 Attorneys: 8/128 (6.3%)

  • 51 to 100 Attorneys: 23/128 (18%)

  • 101 to 250 Attorneys: 2/128 (1.6%)

  • 251 to 500 Attorneys: 4/128 (3.1%)

  • 501+ Attorneys: 29/128 (22.7%)

Employment Breakdown

  • Employed Full-Time: 208/211 (98.6%)

  • Employed Part-Time: 3/211 (1.4%)

Terms of Employment

  • Long-Term Basis: 210/211 (99.5%)

  • Short-Term Basis: 1/211 (.5%)

Bar Admission

  • Bar Passage Required: 186/211 (88.2%)

  • J.D. advantage (“The possession of a JD by the graduate was sought by the employer, required by the employer, or provided a demonstrable advantage in either obtaining or performing the duties of the position from the perspective of the employer.”): 22/211 (10.4%)

  • Professional Position (“The position requires professional skills or training, management or supervisory responsibilities, or the regular use of professional judgment.  The possession of a JD was neither required nor a demonstrable advantage in obtaining or performing the role from the perspective of the employer.”): 2/211 (.9%)

  • Non-Professional Position (“The position does not require any special professional skills or training from the perspective of the employer.”): 1/211 (.5%)

  • Law School/University Funded: 0/211 (0%)

This data was collected and reported in March 2018 and uses the ABA’s definitions for the various categories, except where noted.

Overall, the employment status of 100% of the Class of 2017 (214/214) was ascertained by the Career Development Office. As of March 15, 2018, 193 of these graduates were employed, 1 had a deferred start date for employment, 17 were still seeking employment, 1 was pursuing a graduate degree, and 2 were not seeking employment. The placement rate as of March 15, 2018, for all graduates from the Class of 2017 (193/214) was 90.2%.

Types of Employment
For graduates known to be employed, both full-time and part-time, the breakdown of their areas of employment is as follows:

  • Law Firms: 114/193 (59.1%)
  • Government: 32/193 (16.6%)
  • Business and Industry: 37/193 (19.2%)
  • Judicial Clerkships: 1/193 (0.5%)
  • Public Interest: 7/193 (3.6%)
  • Education: 2/193 (1.0%)

Employment Distribution by Size of Law Firms
For graduates working at law firms, the breakdown of firm size is as follows:

  • Solo: 0/114 (0%)
  • 2 to 10 Attorneys: 30/114 (26.3%)
  • 11 to 25 Attorneys: 23/114 (20.2%)
  • 26 to 50 Attorneys: 6/114 (5.3%)
  • 51 to 100 Attorneys: 17/114 (14.9%)
  • 101 to 250 Attorneys: 7/114 (6.1%)
  • 251 to 500 Attorneys: 3/114 (2.6%)
  • 501+ Attorneys: 28/114 (24.6%)

Employment Breakdown

  • Employed Full-Time: 182/193 (94.3%)
  • Employed Part-Time: 11/193 (5.7%)

Terms of Employment

  • Long-Term Basis: 187/193 (96.9%)
  • Short-Term Basis: 6/193 (3.1%)

Bar Admission

  • Bar admission required/anticipated (includes judicial clerks): 157/193 (81.3%)
  • JD advantage (“A position in this category is one for which the employer sought an individual with a J.D., and perhaps even required a J.D., or for which the J.D. provided a demonstrable advantage in obtaining or performing the job, but which does not itself require bar passage or an active law license or involve practicing law.”): 27/193 (14%)
  • Professional Position (“A position in this category is one that requires professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither required nor a demonstrable advantage. Examples of persons in this category include a math or science teacher, business manager, or performing arts specialist. Other examples include professions such as doctors, nurses, engineers, or architects, if a J.D. was not demonstrably advantageous in obtaining the position or in performing the duties of the position.”): 4/193 (2.1%)
  • Non-Professional Position (“A position in this category is one that does not require any special professional skills or training.”): 2/193 (1.0%)
  • Law School/University Funded: 3/193 (1.6%)

This data was collected and reported in March 2017 and uses the ABA’s definitions for the various categories, except where noted.

Overall, the employment status of 100% of the Class of 2016 (244/244) was ascertained by the Career Development Office. As of March 15, 2017, 224 of these graduates were employed, 19 were still seeking employment, and 1 was pursuing a graduate degree. The placement rate as of March 15, 2017, for all graduates from the Class of 2016 (224/244) was 92%.

Types of Employment
For graduates known to be employed, both full-time and part-time, the breakdown of their areas of employment is as follows:

  • Law Firms: 128/224 (57.1%)
  • Government: 42/224 (18.8%)
  • Business and Industry: 36/224 (16.1%)
  • Judicial Clerkships: 5/224 (2.2%)
  • Public Interest: 8/224 (3.6%)
  • Education: 5/224 (2.2%)

Employment Distribution by Size of Law Firms
For graduates working at law firms, the breakdown of firm size is as follows:

  • Solo: 1/128 (0.8%)
  • 2 to 10 Attorneys: 46/128 (35.9%)
  • 11 to 25 Attorneys: 11/128 (8.6%)
  • 26 to 50 Attorneys: 15/128 (11.7%)
  • 51 to 100 Attorneys: 14/128 (10.9%)
  • 101 to 250 Attorneys: 6/128 (4.7%)
  • 251 to 500 Attorneys: 5/128 (3.9%)
  • 501+ Attorneys: 30/128 (23.4%)

Employment Breakdown

  • Employed Full-Time: 211/224 (94.2%)
  • Employed Part-Time: 13/224 (5.8%)

Terms of Employment

  • Long-Term Basis: 214/224 (95.5%)
  • Short-Term Basis: 10/224 (4.5%)

Bar Admission

  • Bar admission required/anticipated (includes judicial clerks): 179/224 (79.9%)
  • JD advantage (“A position in this category is one for which the employer sought an individual with a J.D., and perhaps even required a J.D., or for which the J.D. provided a demonstrable advantage in obtaining or performing the job, but which does not itself require bar passage or an active law license or involve practicing law.”): 36/224 (16.1%)
  • Professional Position (“A position in this category is one that requires professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither required nor a demonstrable advantage. Examples of persons in this category include a math or science teacher, business manager, or performing arts specialist. Other examples include professions such as doctors, nurses, engineers, or architects, if a J.D. was not demonstrably advantageous in obtaining the position or in performing the duties of the position.”): 2/224 (0.9%)
  • Non-Professional Position (“A position in this category is one that does not require any special professional skills or training.”): 2/224 (0.9%)
  • Law School/University Funded: 5/224 (2.2%)

Salary Data

Salary data is based on NALP definitions. 170 of 224 graduates employed full-time (75.9%) reported their salaries to the Career Development Office.  Below is detailed salary data reported for full-time employment in major categories:

Law Firms:  (96 out of 128 graduates provided salary data)
25th Percentile: $60,000
Median: $80,000
75th Percentile: $180,000

Government:  (40 out of 42 graduates provided salary data)
25th Percentile: $60,000
Median $61,200
75th Percentile:  $65,750

Business and Industry:  (22 out of 36 graduates provided salary data)
25th Percentile: $60,000
Median: $72,500
75th Percentile: $88,000

Public Interest:   (6 out of 8 graduates provided salary data)
25th Percentile: $51,250
Median: $55,625
75th Percentile: $60,000