Employment Statistics

Please click on the following links to view the ABA’s Employment Summary for graduates (click years to view PDFs):

2012 · 2013 · 2014

In addition, we have compiled the following complementary statistics below that may be useful.

                                                                       CLASS OF 2012               CLASS OF 2013                CLASS OF 2014

Employed At Nine Months After Graduation Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Employed 295 94.86 280 93.65 277 96.52
Seeking Work 9 2.89 9 3.01 5 1.74
NOT seeking work at this time 2 0.64 3 1.00 2 0.70
UNKNOWN 1 0.32 2 0.66 0 0.00
Enrolled in Full-Time Degree Program 4 1.29 7 2.34 3 1.05
Not working – start date deferred 1 0.32 0 0 0 0
Total Graduates (100% of graduates are accounted for) 312 301 287
Job Type
Law Firm 193 65.42 168 60.00 156 56.32
Judicial Clerkship (Click here for more detailed statistics) 28 9.49 30 10.71 47 16.97
Government 23 7.80 24 8.57 19 6.86
Public Interest 28 9.49 41 14.64 40 14.44
Academic 5 1.69 6 2.14 4 1.44
Business 15 5.08 8 2.86 8 2.89
Military 3 1.02 3 1.07 3 1.08
Employment Requirements/Full-Time vs. Part-Time
Bar admission required/Full-time 278 94.24 265 94.64 266 96.03
Bar admission required/Part-time 2 0.68 1 0.36 0 0.00
JD preferred/Full-time 8 2.71 11 3.93 9 3.25
JD preferred/Part-time 0 0 0 0 2 0.72
Professional other/Full-time 6 2.03 1 0.36 0 0
Professional other/Part-time 1 1.34 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional other/Full-time 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional other/Part-time 0 0 2 0.71 0 0
Terms of Hire
Permanent 281 248 255
Short-term Law School Funded 7 3 1
Other Short-Term 7 3 1
Long-Term Law School Funded 0 26 20
Jobs By Region 295 100 280 100 277 100
New England 4 1.36 3 1.07 3 1.08
Mid-Atlantic (includes New York) 28 9.49 35 12.50 30 10.83
East North Central 5 1.69 5 1.79 5 1.81
West North Central 2 0.68 1 0.36 3 1.08
South Atlantic (includes Washington, DC) 36 12.20 27 9.64 26 9.39
East South Central 4 1.36 1 0.36 2 0.72
West South Central 8 2.71 13 4.64 7 2.53
Mountain 7 2.37 2 0.71 13 4.69
Pacific (includes California) 195 66.10 189 67.50 186 67.15
International 6 2.03 4 1.43 2 0.72
Breakdown of Law Firm Jobs By Firm Size 194 65.32 168 60.57 156 56.32
2 to 10 attorneys 10 5.18 6 3.57 2 1.28
11 to 25 attorneys 5 2.59 9 5.36 8 5.13
26 to 50 attorneys 7 3.63 5 2.98 3 1.92
51 to 100 attorneys 4 2.07 3 1.79 3 1.92
101 to 250 attorneys 12 6.22 13 7.74 11 7.05
251 to 500 attorneys 29 15.03 23 13.69 16 10.26
501 or more attorneys 126 65.28 108 64.29 112 71.79
Solo Practice 0 0.00 1 0.60 1 0.64
Breakdown of Government Jobs By Government Level 23 7.80 24 8.57
Federal 13 56.52 12 50.00
Local 8 34.78 7 29.17
Other 0 0.00 1 4.17
State 2 8.70 4 16.67
Salaries Percent Percent Percent
Number of Salaries Reported 261 88 217 72.58 258 89.90
25th Percentile $68,125 $69,000 $58,891
Median $160,000 $160,000 $140,000
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Average $123,241 $127,291 $110,262
Salaries in Selected Job Types
Private Practice (187 salaries reported out of 193 total, or 97%) (160 salaries reported out of 168 total, or 95.24%) (151 salaries reported out of 156 total, or 96.79%
25th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Median $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Average $148,816 $150,913 $151,245
Judicial Clerk (28 salaries reported out of 28 total, or 100%) (29 salaries reported out of 30 total, or 96.67%) (43 salaries reported out of 47 total, or 91.49%)
25th Percentile $53,500 $50,000 $58,562
Median $60,000 $60,000 $62,000
75th Percentile $62,000 $64,000 $65,000
Average $57,664 $57,034 $61,100
Government (20 salaries reported out of 23 total, or 87%) (10 salaries reported out of 24 total, or 41.67%) (20 salaries reported out of 22 total, or 90.91%
25th Percentile $60,500 $56,868 $32,500
Median $69,000 $63,518 $54,850
75th Percentile $76,268 $73,250 $63,773
Average $68,756 $66,051 $51,857
Public Interest (15 salaries reported out of 28 total, or 54%) (8 salaries reported out of 41 total, or 19.51%) (39 salaries reported out of 40 total, or 97.50%)
25th Percentile $40,000 $41,000 $30,000
Median $45,000 $45,500 $42,848
75th Percentile $46,000 $49,500 $50,000
Average $42,653 $44,813 $42,309

The above table was prepared in part from information provided by NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals. You can view NALP’s Summary Reports by clicking here (for 2011), here (for 2012), and here (for 2013). NOTE: They have been partially redacted due to privacy concerns.