Employment Statistics

Please click on the following links to view the ABA’s Employment Summary for graduates (click years to view PDFs):
2014 · 2015 · 2016

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

  CLASS OF 2016   CLASS OF 2015   CLASS OF 2014  
Employed At Nine Months After Graduation Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent  
Employed  316 95.76   259 93.17   277 96.52  
Seeking Work 6 1.82   9 3.24   5 1.74  
NOT seeking work at this time 2 0.61   2 0.72   2 0.70  
Unknown 1 0.3   0 0.00   0 0.00  
Enrolled in Full-Time Degree Program 4 1.21   3 1.08   3 1.05  
Not working – start date deferred 1 0.3   5 1.80   0 0.00  
Total Graduates 330   278     287    
               
JOB TYPE              
Law Firm 189 59.81   158 61.01   156 56.32  
Judicial Clerkship (Click here for more detailed statistics) 50 15.82   37 14.28   47 16.97  
Government 17 5.38   13 5.02   19 6.86  
Public Interest 48 15.19   40 15.44   40 14.44  
Academic 1 0.32   3 1.16   4 1.44  
Business 9 2.85   6 2.32   8 2.89  
Military 2 0.63   2 0.77   3 1.08  
               
EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS/FULL-TIME VS. PART-TIME              
Bar admission required/Full-time 301 95.25   251 96.90   266 96.03  
Bar admission required/Part-time 0 0   1 0.39   0 0.00  
JD preferred/Full-time 13 4.11   6 2.32   9 3.25  
JD preferred/Part-time 0 0   0 0.00   2 0.72  
Professional other/Full-time 2 0.63   0 0.00   0 0.00  
Professional other/Part-time 0 0   0 0.00   0 0.00  
Non-Professional other/Full-time 0 0   1 0.39   0 0.00  
Non-Professional other/Part-time 0 0   0 0.00   0 0.00  
               
TERMS OF HIRE              
Permanent (and not law school funded) 291   244     255    
Short-term Law School Funded 1   3     1    
Other Short-Term  1   1     1    
Long term Law Shool Funded 23   11     20    
               
JOBS BY REGION              
New England 6 1.9   6 2.32   3 1.08  
Mid-Atlantic (includes New York) 36 11.39   35 13.51   30 10.83  
East North Central 6 1.9   6 2.32   5 1.81  
West North Central 3 0.95   3 1.16   3 1.08  
South Atlantic (includes Washington, DC) 28 8.86   22 8.49   27 9.75  
East South Central 2 0.63   4 1.54   2 0.72  
West South Central 10 3.16   5 1.93   7 2.53  
Mountain 10 3.16   8 3.09   13 4.69  
Pacific (includes California) 214 67.72   168 64.86   186 67.15  
INTERNATIONAL 1 0.32   2 0.77   1 0.36  
               
BREAKDOWN OF LAW FIRM JOBS BY FIRM SIZE 189 59.81   158 61.01   156 56.32  
1 to 10 attorneys 12 6.35   15 9.49   2 1.28  
11 to 25 attorneys 1 0.53   13 8.23   8 5.13  
26 to 50 attorneys 4 2.12   1 0.63   3 1.92  
51 to 100 attorneys 7 3.7   2 1.27   3 1.92  
101 to 250 attorneys 9 4.76   6 3.80   11 7.05  
251 to 500 attorneys 17 8.99   22 13.92   16 10.27  
501 or more attorneys 138 73.02   98 62.03   112 71.79  
Solo Practice 1 0.32   1 0.63   1 0.64  
Unknown 0 0.00   0 0.00   0 0.00  
               
SALARIES              
Number of Salaries Reported 297 90   240 86.33   257 89.55  
25th Percentile $64,981   $60,000     $60,000    
Median $160,000   $145,000     $140,000    
75th Percentile $180,000   $160,000     $160,000    
Average $125,229   $112,935     $110,574    
               
SALARIES IN SELECTED JOB TYPES              
Private Practice (182 salaries reported out of 189 total, or 96.30%) (153 salaries reported out of 158 total, or 96.83%) (151 salaries reported out of 156 total, or 96.79%)
25th Percentile $160,000   $155,000   $160,000    
Median $180,000   $160,000   $160,000    
75th Percentile $180,000   $160,000   $160,000    
Average $165,057   $145,111   $151,245    
     
Judicial Clerkship (46 salaries reported out of 50 total, or 92%) (36 salaries reported out of 37 total, or 97.3%) (43 salaries reported out of 47 total, or 91.49%)
25th Percentile $59,825   $50,000   $58,562  
Median $60,500   $60,000   $62,000  
75th Percentile $65,000   $65,000   $65,000  
Average $61,720   $58,737   $61,100  
     
Government (19 salaries reported out of 19 total, or 100%) (13 salaries reported out of 15 total, or 86.67%) (20 salaries reported out of 22 total, or 90.91%)
25th Percentile $64,000   $55,000   $35,000  
Median $69,825   $63,722   $54,850  
75th Percentile $78,000   $85,000   $63,546  
Average $70,278   $70,479   $51,857  
     
Public Interest  (41 salaries reported out of 48 total, or 85.42%) (35 salaries reported out of 40 total, or 87.50%) (38 salaries reported out of 40 total, or 95.0%)
25th Percentile $47,500   $42,500   $30,000    
Median $47,500   $45,000   $42,916    
75th Percentile $55,000   $52,000   $50,000    
Average $52,418   $47,419   $42,633    

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). NOTE: They have been partially redacted due to privacy concerns.