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Class of 2012 Employment Statistics

In 2012, 368 students graduated from the College of Law*. Of those students, 349 (94.8%) provided information in response to the graduate employment surveys. Not all graduates shared salary information or provided answers to all survey questions.

For the Class of 2012, 75% of all graduates reported being employed as of nine months after graduation. The employment statistics requested by the ABA and NALP, and provided here, include all employment, whether it is in the legal industry or in non-legal sectors, and also include full-time, part-time, long-term or short-term employment. Also included are those graduates who were not seeking employment, were holding deferred employment offers, enrolled in full-time degree programs, or were of unknown employment status.

Additional employment information for the Class of 2012 can be found in the 2013 ABA Placement Report.

* The figures reported for the Class of 2012 include those students graduating in May 2012, July 2012, and December 2011 (per NALP guidelines).

Employment Status & Job Type

Employment Status 9 Months After Graduation

 

Data from Class of 2012 NALP Summary Report. 


Employment by Job Type

 

Data from Class of 2012 NALP Summary Report.


Employment by Job Category

Data from Class of 2012 NALP Summary Report.


Duration of Employment Status

Employment Status Full-Time, Long-Term Full-Time, Short-Term Part-Time, Long-Term Part-Time, Short-Term Total %
Bar Passage Required 149 9 7 6 171 46.47
JD Advantage 42 1 10 9 62 16.85
Professional Position 30 1 1 0 32 8.7
Nonprofessional Position 3 2 3 2 10 2.72

Data from 2013 ABA Placement Summary.


Government Positions

Data from Class of 2012 NALP Summary Report. 29 graduates reported employment in government positions.


Business Positions

Data from Class of 2012 NALP Summary Report; 59 graduates reported employment in business positions.

Other Positions by Type

 

Data from the Class of 2012 NALP Summary Report. Graduates reporting employment in these categories comprise 12% of the class and include 16 in public interest positions (5.8%), 8 in judicial clerkships (2.9%), and 9 in academic positions (3.3%).


Salary Information

Salary by Sector

Salary by Sector Graduates Reporting Employment Graduates Reporting Salary 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Private Sector 212 121> $45,500 $60,000 $75,000
Public Sector 62 39 $40,000 $45,000 $59,340
Data from Class of 2012 NALP Summary Report. Only full-time, long-term reported salaries are included.
 

Employment by Job Category

Type of Employer Number Reported Number Reported w/Salary 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
Academic 9 5 $36,400 $39,000 $63,800
Business 59 32 $52,500 $65,500 $77,000
Judicial Clerk 8 6 $44,655 $47,500 $57,500
Private Practice 153 89 $45,000 $58,000 $70,000
Government 29 16 $31,744 $51,900 $59,340
Public Interest 16 12 $41,500 $45,000 $50,000
Unknown 2 - - - -
Data from Class of 2012 NALP Summary Report. Only full-time, long-term reported salaries are included. (A minimum of 5 reported salaries is required for each salary analysis.)
 

Employment by Law Firm Size & Salary

Size of Firm Percent of Reported Number Reported Number Reported w/Salary 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile
2-10 attorneys 53.6% 82 40 $38,200 $50,000 $60,000
11-25 attorneys 18.3% 28 20 $42,188 $52,500 $61,000
26-50 attorneys 7.2% 11 7 $50,000 $60,000 $85,000
51-100 attorneys 2.6% 4 - - - -
101-250 attorneys 2.6% 4 - - - -
251-500 attorneys 3.3% 5 5 $100,000 $120,000 $160,000
501+ attorneys 3.9% 6 6 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Solo Practice 1.3% 2 - - - -
Unknown Size 7.2% 11 5 $28,000 $46,000 $48,000
Data from Class of 2012 NALP Summary Report. (A minimum of 5 reported salaries is required for each salary analysis.)
 

Employment Location

Number of Jobs Reported by Region/State

Region/State # of Jobs
New England 2
Connecticut 1
Massachusetts 1
   
Mid-Atlantic 5
New York 3
Pennsylvania 2
   
East North Central 237
Illinois 228
Indiana 1
Michigan 5
Ohio 2
Wisconsin 1
   
West North Central 3
Minnesota 2
Missouri 1
   
South Atlantic 9
Florida 2
Georgia 2
Maryland 1
Virginia 2
Washington, D.C. 2
   
West South Central 3
Louisiana 1
Texas 2
   
Mountain 2
Colorado 2
   
Pacific 6
California 5
Oregon 1
   
International 1
Data from Class of 2012 NALP Summary Report.