Graduate Employment Outcomes

Overview

This chart includes an overview of the employment data for the 2013-2021 graduating classes. You will also find more detailed employment data in the sections below. To view the official ABA reports for the past 3 graduating classes, click the following links.

Class of 2021 Official ABA Graduate Report

Class of 2020 Official ABA Graduate Report
Class of 2019 Official ABA Graduate Report

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.

JD 2021 JD 2020 JD 2019 JD 2018 JD 2017 JD 2016 JD 2015 JD 2014 JD 2013
Total Graduates 184 182 182 193 197 183 195 187 194
Employed 178 175 178 188 187 176 190 180 186
 Bar Passage Required 164 167 167 175 170 168 175 170 171
 JD Advantage 12 8 9 12  15 4 8 5 10
Professional Position 2 0 2 1 2 4 7 5 5
 Non-Professional 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Undeterminable 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 1 2 4 4 3 3 2 3
Unemployed: Not seeking 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 0 0
Unemployed: Seeking 1 3 1 1 3 1 0 3 3
Unemployed: Start Date Deferred 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Employment Status Unknown 0 1 0 0  0 2 2 0 1

Employment by Type

Employment status is collected for 100% of graduating classes; 9 months after graduation.

JD 2021 JD 2020 JD 2019 JD 2018  JD 2017  JD 2016 JD 2015 JD 2014 JD 2013
Law Firm Overall 42.14% 54.29% 49.45% 53.19% 52.4% 54.44% 53.9% 47.5% 49.5%
 Size: 500+ 34.83% 42.29% 41.21% 47.87% 45.99 43.18% 43.6% 36% 41%
 Size: 251-500 7% 1.69% 4.95% 1.59% 3.21% 6.25% 3.6% 6% 5%
 Size: 1-250 5.62% 6.85% 3.30% 1.06% 3.20% 4.55% 6.7% 5% 3.5%
 Size: Unknown 0 0 0 0 0.57% 0 0.5% 0 0
Judicial Clerkships 32.58% 27.43% 30.77% 30.85% 28.3% 27.84% 26.7% 32% 31%
Public Interest 14.05% 12% 8.24% 4.78% 5.9% 6.82% 6.7% 9% 4.5%
Government 6.74% 1.71% 3.85% 4.78% 3.2% 5.68% 2.5% 2% 2%
Business 3.93% 4.57% 4.95% 5.32% 9.1% 5.11% 6.7% 5% 7%
Academia 0.5% 0.56 0.55% 1.06% 1.1% 0 1.0% 0.5% 2%
Graduate School 2.72% 0.55% 1.10% 2.07% 2.03% 1.64% 1.5% 1% 1.5%
Start Date Deferred 0.5% 0% 0% 0 0 0 0 2% 0
Unemployed: Seeking 0.54% 1.65% 0.55% .52% 1.52% 0.55% 0 1% 1.5%
Unemployed: Not Seeking 0 0.55% 0.55% 0 1.52%  0.55% 0 0 0.5%
Unknown 0 0.55% 0 0 0  1.09%  1.0% 0 0.5%

Clerkship Specific

Clerkship status is collected for each class at 9 months after graduation.

JD 2021 JD 2020 JD 2019 JD 2018 JD 2017 JD 2016 JD 2015 JD 2014
Employed graduates reporting a clerkship as a first job 31% 27% 31% 31% 29% 28% 27% 33%
Employed graduates reporting a clerkship starting at any time 45% 44% 43% 40% 37% 35% 34% 38%
Clerks reporting multiple clerkships 36% 31% 40% 31% 39% 34% 37% 38%

Employment by Region

Number of students per region; information collected for all employed graduates.

JD 2021 JD 2020 JD 2019 JD 2018 JD 2017 JD 2016 JD 2015 JD 2014 JD 2013
SF & Other Bay Area 47 48 50 58 52 45 56 51 61
LA & Other Southern CA 14 15 23 32 22 31 28 25 25
Other West
(AZ, NM, UT,CO, WY, ID, AK, HI, NV, WA, OR, MT)
15 17 20 11 13 17 9 16 16
NY & Other Northeast
(ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI)
36 28 28 32 39 30 39 35 34
DC & Other Mid-Atlantic
(NJ, DE, PA, MD, VA)
36 35 31 25 24 30 25 25 18
Chicago & Other Midwest
(OH, IN, IL, MO, KS, NE, IA, ND, SD, MI, MN, WI)
13 12 11 11 15 6 9 10 9
Southeast
(WV, NC, SC, GA, FL, TN, KY, AR, AL, MS, LA, TX, OK, PR)
15 19 15 15 20 14 23 16 20
International 2 1 0 4 2 3 1 2 3

Employment by Salary

To protect student privacy, salary range is not reported where fewer than 5 students reported their salary. Percentiles are not reported where fewer than 10 students reported their salary.

Class of 2021

Salary Range 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile Students Reporting
Law Firm
500+ Attorneys
$190k – $215k $215k $215k $215k 62/62
Law Firm
251-500 Attorneys
<5 <5 <5 <5 3/3
Law Firm
1-250 Attorneys
$95k – $215k <10 <10 <10 9/9
Judicial Clerkships $55,756 – $78,861 $65,819 $67,309 $73.827 58/58
Business (Legal/Non-Legal) <5 <5 <5 <5 2/7
Government $67,000 – $121,000 <10 <10 <10 7/12
Public Interest $54k – $84,348 $60k $50k $68k 22/25
Total Students Reporting 171/184

Class of 2020

Salary Range 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile Students Reporting
Law Firm
500+ Attorneys
$170k – $200k $190k $190k $190k 76/76
Law Firm
251-500 Attorneys
$190k – $205k <10 <10 <10 9/9
Law Firm
1-250 Attorneys
$70k-$190k <10 <10 <10 8/10
Judicial Clerkships $64,009 – $78,081 $66,344 $70,584 $72,030 49/49
Business (Legal/Non-Legal) <5 <10 <10 <10 2/8
Government <5 <10 <10 <10 2/3
Public Interest/Academic $45k – $67000 $45k $51k $57,500 11/16
Total Students Reporting 164/178

Class of 2019

Salary Range 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile Students Reporting
Law Firm
500+ Attorneys
$170k – $190k $190k $190k $190k 75/75
Law Firm
251-500 Attorneys
$190k – $190k <10 <10 <10 7/9
Law Firm
1-250 Attorneys
<5 <10 <10 <10 4/6
Judicial Clerkships $61,218 – $73,905 $61,425 $66,120 $67,930 55/56
Business (Legal/Non-Legal) $100,00 – $205,000 <10 <10 <10 5/8
Government <5 <10 <10 <10 4/7
Public Interest/Academic $45k – $63500 $45k $52720 $55,000 11/16
Total Students Reporting 162/178

Class of 2018

Salary Range 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile Students Reporting
Law Firm
500+ Attorneys
$165k – $190k $190k $190k $190k 90/90
Law Firm
251-500 Attorneys
<5 <10 <10 <10 3/3
Law Firm
1-250 Attorneys
<5 <10 <10 <10 3/7
Judicial Clerkships $44,385 – $73,905 $65,271 $67,856 $69,283 57/58
Business (Legal/Non-Legal) <5 <10 <10 <10 4/10
Government <5 <10 <10 <10 4/9
Public Interest/Academic $45k – $75k $45k $45k $53,598 9/11
Total Students Reporting 170/188

Class of 2017

Salary Range 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile Students Reporting
Law Firm
500+ Attorneys
$165k – $180k $180k $180k $180k 86/86
Law Firm
251-500 Attorneys
$130k – $180k <10 <10 <10 5/6
Law Firm
1-250 Attorneys
$125k – $180k <10 <10 <10 5/6
Judicial Clerkships $52,379 – $72,303 $62,005 $66,317 $67,845 53/53
Business (Legal/Non-Legal) $38k – $150k 72k 100k 147k 11/17
Government <5 <10 <10 <10 4/6
Public Interest/Academic $27k – $70k $45k $48k $55k 10/13
Total Students Reporting 174/187

Class of 2016

Salary Range 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile Students Reporting
Law Firm
500+ Attorneys
$125k – $180k $180k $180k $180k 76/76
Law Firm
251-500 Attorneys
$150k – $180k $180k $180k $180k 11/11
Law Firm
1-250 Attorneys
$125k – $190k <10 <10 <10 7/8
Judicial Clerkships $45,684 – $70,333 $61,956 $64,650 $66,137 49/49
Business (Legal/Non-Legal) $90k – $160k <10 <10 <10 6/9
Government $40k – $82,840 $57,499 $65,325 $76k 8/10
Public Interest/Academic $45k – $130k $47k $51k $65k 11/12
Total Students Reporting  168/175*

*Total number does not include one employment record at law firm with unknown size

Class of 2015

Salary Range 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile Students Reporting
Law Firm
500+ Attorneys
$145k – $160k $160k $160k $160k 85/85
Law Firm
251-500 Attorneys
$110k – $160k <10 <10 <10 6/6
Law Firm
1-250 Attorneys
$100k – $174k $120k $160k %160k 13/14
Judicial Clerkships $58,562 – $69,329 $61,963 $63,722 $65,231 52/52
Business (Legal/Non-Legal) $60k – $225k <10 <10 <10 8/13
Government <5 <10 <10 <10 3/5
Public Interest/Academic $36k – $100k $45k $45k  $60k  15/15
Total Students Reporting  182/190

Class of 2014

Salary Range 25th Percentile 50th Percentile 75th Percentile Students Reporting
Law Firm
500+ Attorneys
$106k – $160k $160k $160k $160k 70/70
Law Firm
251-500 Attorneys
$135k – $160k <10 <10 <10 8/8
Law Firm
1-250 Attorneys
$75k – $160k <10 <10 <10 9/10
Judicial Clerkships $57,982 – $68,643 $61,857 $63,091 $64,585 60/60
Business (Legal/Non-Legal) $111,726 – $250,000 <10 <10 <10 6/10
Government <5 <10 <10 <10 3/4
Public Interest $36k – $116k $38,500 $45k $80k 16/17
Total Students Reporting 172/180*

*firm size and salary unknown for one graduate