Employment Statistics

Please click on the following links to view the ABA’s Employment Summary for graduates (click years to view PDFs):
 2015 · 2016 · 2017

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

  CLASS OF 2017   CLASS OF 2016   CLASS OF 2015  
Employed At Nine Months After Graduation Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent  
Employed  298 97.69   316 95.76   259 93.17  
Seeking Work 3 0.98   6 1.82   9 3.24  
NOT seeking work at this time 1 0.33   2 0.61   2 0.72  
Unknown 3 0.98   1 0.3   0 0.00  
Enrolled in Full-Time Degree Program 0 0   4 1.21   3 1.08  
Not working – start date deferred 0 0   1 0.3   5 0.80  
Total Graduates 305   330     278    
               
JOB TYPE              
Law Firm 196 65.78   189 59.81   158 61.01  
Judicial Clerkship (Click here for more detailed statistics) 37 12.42   50 15.82   37 14.28  
Government 16 5.37   17 5.38   13 5.02  
Public Interest 37 12.42   48 15.19   40 15.44  
Academic 3 1.01   1 0.32   3 1.16  
Business 8 2.68   9 2.85   6 2.32  
Military 1 0.34   2 0.63   2 0.77  
               
EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS/FULL-TIME VS. PART-TIME              
Bar admission required/Full-time 287 96.31   301 95.25   251 96.90  
Bar admission required/Part-time 1 0.34   0 0   1 0.39  
JD preferred/Full-time 8 2.68   13 4.11   6 2.32  
JD preferred/Part-time 0 0   0 0.00   0 0.00  
Professional other/Full-time 1 0.34   2 0.63   0 0.00  
Professional other/Part-time 1 0.34   0 0.00   0 0.00  
Non-Professional other/Full-time 0 0   0 0.00   1 0.39  
Non-Professional other/Part-time 0 0   0 0.00   0 0.00  
               
TERMS OF HIRE              
Permanent (and not law school funded) 277   291     244    
Short-term Law School Funded 0   1     3    
Other Short-Term  7   1     1    
Long term Law Shool Funded 14   23     11    
               
JOBS BY REGION              
New England 5 1.68   6 1.9   6 2.32  
Mid-Atlantic (includes New York) 37 12.42   36 11.39   35 13.51  
East North Central 7 2.35   6 1.9   6 2.32  
West North Central 1 0.34   3 0.95   3 1.16  
South Atlantic (includes Washington, DC) 18 6.04   28 8.86   22 8.49  
East South Central 4 1.34   2 0.63   4 1.54  
West South Central 12 4.03   10 3.16   5 1.93  
Mountain 6 2.01   10 3.16   8 3.09  
Pacific (includes California) 204 68.46   214 67.72   168 64.86  
INTERNATIONAL 4 1.34   1 0.32   2 0.77  
               
BREAKDOWN OF LAW FIRM JOBS BY FIRM SIZE 196 65.78   189 59.81   158 61.01  
1 to 10 attorneys 11 5.61   12 6.35   15 9.49  
11 to 25 attorneys 3 1.53   1 0.53   13 8.23  
26 to 50 attorneys 3 1.53   4 2.12   1 0.63  
51 to 100 attorneys 4 2.04   7 3.7   2 1.27  
101 to 250 attorneys 8 4.08   9 4.76   6 3.80  
251 to 500 attorneys 19 9.69   17 8.99   22 13.92  
501 or more attorneys 148 75.51   138 73.02   98 62.03  
Solo Practice 0 0.00   1 0.32   1 0.63  
Unknown 0 0.00   0 0.00   0 0.00  
               
SALARIES              
Number of Salaries Reported 277 90.82   297 90   240 86.33  
25th Percentile $65,000   $64,981     $60,000    
Median $180,000   $160,000     $145,000    
75th Percentile $180,000   $180,000     $160,000    
Average $136,336   $125,229     $112,935    
               
SALARIES IN SELECTED JOB TYPES              
Private Practice (193 salaries reported out of 196 total, or 98.47%) (182 salaries reported out of 189 total, or 96.30%) (153 salaries reported out of 158 total, or 96.83%)
25th Percentile $180,000   $160,000   $155,000    
Median $180,000   $180,000   $160,000    
75th Percentile $180,000   $180,000   $160,000    
Average $168,250   $165,057   $145,111    
     
Judicial Clerkship (32 salaries reported out of 37 total, or 86.49%) (46 salaries reported out of 50 total, or 92%) (36 salaries reported out of 37 total, or 97.3%)
25th Percentile $60,000   $59,825   $50,000  
Median $60,000   $60,500   $60,000  
75th Percentile $67,000   $65,000   $65,000  
Average $60,866   $61,720   $58,737  
     
Government (14 salaries reported out of 16 total, or 87.5%) (19 salaries reported out of 19 total, or 100%) (13 salaries reported out of 15 total, or 86.67%)
25th Percentile $47,500   $64,000   $55,000  
Median $65,000   $69,825   $63,722  
75th Percentile $79,941   $78,000   $85,000  
Average $71,404   $70,278   $70,479  
     
Public Interest  (32 salaries reported out of 37 total, or 86.49%) (41 salaries reported out of 48 total, or 85.42%) (35 salaries reported out of 40 total, or 87.50%)
25th Percentile $47,500   $47,500   $42,500    
Median $53,750   $47,000   $45,000    
75th Percentile $60,000   $55,000   $52,000    
Average $58,310   $52,418   $47,419    

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 2014), here (for 2015), and here (for 2016) and here (coming soon for 2017). NOTE: They have been partially redacted due to privacy concerns.