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Employment Data for Recent Graduates

The information in the tables below is as of 10 months after graduation for 2015 and 2014, and nine months after graduation for 2013. This data was reported to the ABA and/or NALP according to their reporting guidelines.

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Career Brochure (Aggregate Data for Classes of 2012-14, Including Employers Listed by Location and Court District)
 

ABA Employment Summary Reports

Class of 2015 | Class of 2014 | Class of 2013

Employment Status

  2015 2014 2013
Employed 356 97.0% 339 97.1% 356 97.8%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 0.3% 1 0.3% 1 0.3%
Start Date Deferred 1 0.3% 2 0.6% 0 0%
Not Seeking Employment 1 0.3% 3 0.9% 1 0.3%
Seeking Employment 7 1.9% 3 0.9% 5 1.4%
Unknown 1 0.3% 1 0.3% 1 0.3%
TOTAL GRADUATES 367   349   364  
Number of graduates receiving funding as Powell or Kennedy fellows (included in figures above) 30 8.2% 34 9.7% 59 16.2%

Employment by Industry/Sector

  2015 2014 2013
Law Firms 227 63.8% 206 60.8% 201 56.5%
Judicial Clerkships 69 19.4% 67 19.8% 70 19.7%
Government 34 9.6% 36 10.6% 55 15.4%
Public Interest 10 2.8% 16 4.7% 21 5.9%
Business/Industry 13 3.7% 13 3.8% 7 2.0%
Academia 3 0.8% 1 0.3% 2 0.6%
Unknown 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
TOTAL EMPLOYED GRADUATES 356   339   356  

Employment Type

  2015 2014 2013
Bar Admission Required/Anticipated 346 97.2% 331 97.6% 349 98.0%
J.D. Preferred 10 2.8% 8 2.4% 6 1.7%
Professional Other 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
Nonprofessional Other 0 0% 0 0% 1 0.3%
TOTAL EMPLOYED GRADUATES 356   339   356  
Full-time, Long-term 350 98.3% 337 99.4% 354 99.4%
Full-time, Short-term 1 0.3% 1 0.3% 2 0.6%
Part-time, Long-term 1 0.3% 0 0% 0 0%
Part-time, Short-term 4 1.1% 1 0.3% 0 0%
TOTAL EMPLOYED GRADUATES 356   339   356  

Law Firm Employment

FIRM SIZE 2015 2014 2013
501+ Attorneys 161 70.9% 141 68.4% 140 69.7%
251-500 31 13.7% 28 13.6% 25 12.4%
101-250 8 3.5% 14 6.8% 17 8.5%
51-100 6 2.6% 7 3.4% 10 5.0%
26-50 3 1.3% 5 2.4% 1 0.5%
11-25 5 2.2% 5 2.4% 4 2.0%
2-10 12 5.3% 6 2.9% 4 2.0%
1 1 0.4% 0 0% 0 0%
Unknown 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
TOTAL LAW FIRM GRADUATES 227   206   201  

Judicial Clerkship Employment

CLERKSHIP TYPE 2015 2014 2013
Federal Courts 58 84.1% 53 79.1% 47 67.1%
State and Local Courts 11 15.9% 14 20.9% 23 32.9%
Other 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
TOTAL JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP GRADUATES 69   67   70  
Number of graduates receiving funding as Powell or Kennedy fellows (included in figures above) 4 5.8% 7 10.4% 11 15.7%

Salaries

ALL SECTORS 2015 2014 2013
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Median $145,000 $135,000 $117,500
25th Percentile $61,000 $60,500 $55,600
Total Graduates in This Category 356 339 356
Salaries Reported 346 333 348
Response Rate 97.2% 98.2% 97.8%
PRIVATE SECTOR (Law Firms and Business/Industry) 2015 2014 2013
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Median $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
25th Percentile $145,000 $136,250 $145,000
Total Graduates in This Category 240 219 208
Salaries Reported 232 215 202
Response Rate 96.7% 98.2% 97.1%
PUBLIC SECTOR (Judicial Clerkships, Government, Public Interest and Academia) 2015 2014 2013
75th Percentile $61,897 $62,431 $59,082
Median $58,531 $57,000 $47,724
25th Percentile $40,000 $40,000 $31,500
Total Graduates in This Category 116 120 148
Salaries Reported 114 118 146
Response Rate 98.3% 98.3% 98.6%
Graduates receiving funding as Powell or Kennedy fellows are included in Public Sector (except for one graduate in 2013 and one in 2014 working at nonprofits classified as Private Sector under the ABA guidelines).

Employment Locations

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  2015 2014 2013
New York 71 19.9% 68 20.1% 62 17.4%
District of Columbia 60 16.9% 66 19.5% 67 18.8%
Virginia 59 16.6% 52 15.3% 61 17.1%
California 33 9.3% 23 6.8% 26 7.3%
Texas 24 6.7% 22 6.5% 19 5.3%
All Other States 105 29.5% 106 31.3% 119 33.4%
International 4 1.1% 2 0.6% 2 0.6%
Unknown 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
TOTAL EMPLOYED GRADUATES 356   339   356  

First-Time Bar Passage Rate

Calendar Year of Test 2015 2014 2013
STATE UVA Takers UVA Pass Rate Jurisdiction Pass Rate UVA Takers UVA Pass Rate Jurisdiction Pass Rate UVA Takers UVA Pass Rate Jurisdiction Pass Rate
New York 98 95.9% * 101 98.0% 78.6% 87 93.1% 84.8%
Virginia 89 92.1% * 77 90.9% 72.4% 94 93.6% 77.4%
California 38 92.1% * 29 72.4% 66.1% 31 77.4% 71.1%
Texas 25 92.0% * 25 96.0% 77.4% 23 100% 85.1%
Pennsylvania 13 100% * 15 100% 80.9%      
Georgia             18 94.4% 85.2%

*Note: Top five states reported by year. Jurisdiction pass rates for 2015 are not available yet from the ABA.