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Career Facts & Statistics - Class of 2011

Information below is based on Class of 2011 graduates known to be employed as of February 24, 2012.

Placement (Employment) Rates
(261 graduates from 9/1/10 to 8/31/11)
Number
Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3
Graduates whose employment status is known
258
Graduates known to be employed 241
Graduates who are enrolled in a full-time degree program 9
Graduates who are unemployed and seeking work 6
Graduates who are unemployed and not seeking work 2

Employment Duration

Type of employment Long term position Short term position
(includes post-grad fellowships, temporary and part-time law firm positions, professional business positions)
Non-Law School funded 180 25
Law School funded 3 21
Total 183 46
12 graduates known to be employed did not report employment duration
Salary Data for Graduates Employed in the Private Sector
(law firms, business, industry, or other private sector jobs)
Private Sector Salary
Median starting salary $110,000
75th percentile salary $124,000
25th percentile salary $85,000
Range $35,000 - $179,000
Percent of all 2011 graduates known to be employed in the private sector who reported salary data 40%
Salary Data for Graduates Employed in the Public Sector
(includes any branch of government, judicial clerkships, academic posts, and positions in non-profit advocacy)
Public Sector Salary
Median starting salary $50,000
75th percentile salary $59,000
25th percentile salary $41,000
Range $11,000 - $80,000
Percent of all 2011 graduates known to be employed in the public sector who reported salary data 45%
Type of Employment for Graduates Known to be Employed Number Long-term Short-term Unknown Duration
Law firm
   Solo
   2-10 attorneys
   11-25 attorneys
   26-50 attorneys
   51-100 attorneys
   101-250 attorneys
   251-500 attorneys
   500+ attorneys
   Unknown

2
38
8
3
7
9
18
9
2

2
36
6
2
7
9
14
9
2

0
2
2
1
0
0
4
0
0

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Business & industry 44 32 12 0
Government 19 12 7 0
Public interest (including public defenders) 22 9 13 0
Judicial clerkship
   Federal
   State & local

12
27

11
26

1
1

0
0
Academia 7 5 2 0
Unknown employer type 14 1 1 12
Total 241 183 46 12
Type of Job for Graduates Known to be Employed Total Full Time Part Time Unknown
Bar admission required/anticipated (includes judicial clerks) 192 189 3 0
J.D. advantage; law degree enhances position (e.g. accounting firm, management consulting firm, law school, or law firm administration) 28 20 5 3
Professional other 6 4 1 1
Non-professional other 2 0 0 2
Unknown type of job 13 0 0 13
Total 241 213 9 19

Employment Locations of Graduates Known to be Employed

Region State Number Employed
Middle Atlantic District of Columbia 8
  New Jersey (Southern) 1
  Pennsylvania 4
  Virginia 4
Midwest Illinois 8
  Indiana 1
  Iowa 1
  Michigan 2
  Minnesota 152
  Missouri 2
  North Dakota 1
  Ohio 1
  South Dakota 2
  Wisconsin 6
Northeast Massachusetts 1
  New Jersey (Northern) 1
  New York 9
Southeast Florida 1
  Louisiana 1
  Tennessee 1
  Texas 4
West/Rocky Mountain Alaska 3
  California 11
  Colorado 6
  Idaho 1
  Oregon 1
  Utah 1
  Washington 1
  Wyoming 1
Non U.S. locations   1
Employment location not reported   5

April 19, 2012. Subject to change.

This information is based on reporting by graduates and is subject to change. This information is prepared for the purposes of surveys and reporting requirements of the ABA, NALP, and U.S. News & World Report and is reported according to the definitions set forth by NALP. Employment statistics reflect positions including: part-time, full-time, contract, temporary, and permanent. This information is not intended as employment advice or for predicting future employment.

Past Career Facts & Statistics


Class of 2010

Where Class of 2005-2011 Graduates Started Work

- In Washington, D.C., and every state except Kansas, South Carolina, and West Virginia

- In many major U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, and Washington D.C.

- In many foreign countries, such as Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Korea, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom

More details are available in the
NALP Report for the Law School's
Class of 2011 (PDF)
.

The previous J.D. Preferred employment type category has been replaced with a new J.D. Advantage category adopted by both the ABA and NALP. Because the definitions of the categories are not exactly the same, the data for the J.D. Advantage employment type for the Class of 2011 will not be exactly comparable to the J.D. Preferred data from previous classes.

The summary report has been expanded to include more information on jobs by employer type, new summary data about the job duration categories, and the number of reported jobs funded by the law school.