Employment Data for Recent Graduates

Employment Data for Recent Graduates

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

Related: Career Development Facts and Statistics | Map: Where Our Graduates Go | Clerkships by Term and Location | Prominent Alumni | Bar Passage Data for Recent Graduates

Career Brochure (Aggregate Data for Classes of 2017-19, Including Employers Listed by Location and Court District) 
 

ABA Employment Summary Reports

Class of 2020 | Class of 2019 | Class of 2018

Employment Status

  2020 2019 2018
Employed 311 98.7% 283 99.0% 294 98.3%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 0.3% 2 0.7% 1 0.3%
Start Date Deferred 1 0.3% 0 0% 1 0.3%
Not Seeking Employment 1 0.3% 1 0.3% 1 0.3%
Seeking Employment 1 0.3% 0 0% 1 0.3%
Unknown 0 0% 0 0% 1 0.3%
TOTAL GRADUATES 315   286   299  
Number of graduates receiving funding as Powell, Kennedy or Ruff fellows (included in figures above) 11 3.5% 7 2.4% 12 4.0%

Employment by Industry/Sector

  2020 2019 2018
Law Firms 216 69.5% 196 69.3% 210 71.4%
Judicial Clerkships 63 20.3% 58 20.5% 50 17.0%
Government 13 4.2% 13 4.6% 12 4.1%
Public Interest 15 4.8% 8 2.8% 15 5.1%
Business/Industry 4 1.3% 7 2.5% 6 2.0%
Academia 0 0% 1 0.4% 1 0.3%
Unknown 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
TOTAL EMPLOYED GRADUATES 311   283   294  

Employment Type

  2020 2019 2018
Bar Admission Required/Anticipated 307 98.7% 277 97.9% 289 98.3%
J.D. Preferred 4 1.3% 6 2.1% 3 1.0%
Professional Other 0 0% 0 0% 2 0.7%
Nonprofessional Other 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
Undeterminable 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
TOTAL EMPLOYED GRADUATES 311   283   294  
Full-time, Long-term 308 99.0% 280 98.9% 294 100%
Full-time, Short-term 0 0% 1 0.4% 0 0%
Part-time, Long-term 1 0.3% 1 0.4% 0 0%
Part-time, Short-term 2 0.6% 1 0.4% 0 0%
TOTAL EMPLOYED GRADUATES 311   283   294  

Law Firm Employment

FIRM SIZE 2020 2019 2018
501+ Attorneys 183 84.7% 161 82.1% 180 85.7%
251-500 15 6.9% 14 7.1% 15 7.1%
101-250 8 3.7% 4 2.0% 9 4.3%
51-100 3 1.4% 7 3.6% 2 1.0%
26-50 1 0.5% 2 1.0% 1 0.5%
11-25 2 0.9% 2 1.0% 0 0%
2-10 4 1.9% 5 2.6% 3 1.4%
1 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
Unknown 0 0% 1 0.5% 0 0%
TOTAL LAW FIRM GRADUATES 216   196   210  

Judicial Clerkship Employment

CLERKSHIP TYPE 2020 2019 2018
Federal Courts 55 87.3% 45 77.6% 45 90.0%
State, Local and Territorial Courts 8 12.7% 13 22.4% 5 10.0%
Tribal and International Courts 0 0%        
TOTAL JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP GRADUATES 63   58   50  

See also: Clerkships by Term and Location

Salaries

ALL SECTORS 2020 2019 2018
75th Percentile $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
Median $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
25th Percentile $72,750 $73,096 $70,683
Total Graduates in This Category 311 283 294
Salaries Reported 307 281 292
Response Rate 98.7% 99.3% 99.3%
PRIVATE SECTOR (Law Firms and Business/Industry) 2020 2019 2018
75th Percentile $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
Median $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
25th Percentile $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
Total Graduates in This Category 220 203 216
Salaries Reported 216 201 215
Response Rate 98.2% 99.0% 99.5%
PUBLIC SECTOR (Judicial Clerkships, Government, Public Interest and Academia) 2020 2019 2018
75th Percentile $69,790 $70,045 $67,638
Median $64,649 $64,009 $61,425
25th Percentile $63,985 $61,971 $61,000
Total Graduates in This Category 91 80 78
Salaries Reported 91 80 77
Response Rate 100% 100% 98.7%
Graduates receiving funding as Powell, Kennedy or Ruff fellows are included in Public Sector.

Employment Locations

Map of Employment Locations
Map of Clerkship Locations

  2020 2019 2018
New York 77 24.8% 67 23.7% 76 25.9%
District of Columbia 76 24.4% 60 21.2% 79 26.9%
Virginia 27 8.7% 30 10.6% 24 8.2%
Texas 27 8.7% 28 9.9% 17 5.8%
California  22 7.1% 17 6.0% 16 5.4%
All Other States 82 26.4% 81 28.6% 82 27.9%
International 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
Unknown 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
TOTAL EMPLOYED GRADUATES 311   283   294  


Bar Passage Data for Recent Graduates