2017 Career Facts & Statistics

Information below is based on Class of 2017 graduates known to be employed as of March 15, 2018.

Employment Rates
(205 graduates from 9/1/16 to 8/31/17)
Number
Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3
Graduates whose employment status is known 202
Graduates known to be employed 194
Graduates who are enrolled in a full-time degree program 3
Graduates who are unemployed and seeking work 5
Graduates who are unemployed and not seeking work 0

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 178 7
Law School funded 3 6
Total 181 13
Salary Data for Graduates Employed in the Private Sector
(law firms, business, industry, or other private sector jobs)
Private Sector Salary
Median starting salary $112,000
75th percentile salary $124,750
25th percentile salary $70,000
Range $45,000 - $185,000
Percent of all 2017 graduates known to be employed in the private sector who reported salary data 66.0%
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 $52,000
75th percentile salary $60,200
25th percentile salary $50,000
Range $36,000 - $90,000
Percent of all 2017 graduates known to be employed in the public sector who reported salary data 83.5%
Type of Employment for Graduates Known to be Employed Total Number Long-term Short-term
Law firm
   Solo
   2-10 attorneys
   11-25 attorneys
   26-50 attorneys
   51-100 attorneys
   101-250 attorneys
   251-500 attorneys
   500+ attorneys
   Unknown

0
20
8
6
5
14
8
16
1

0
19
8
6
5
14
8
16
1

0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Business & industry 25 20 5
Government (includes public defenders) 21 20 5
Public interest (not including public defenders) 9 7 2
Judicial clerkship
   Federal
   State Appellate
   Trial Court
   Other

11
18
32
0

11
17
29
0

0
1
3
0
Education 0 0 0
Unknown employer type 0 0 0
Total 194 182 12
Type of Job for Graduates Known to be Employed Total Full Time Part Time
Bar admission required/anticipated (includes judicial clerks) 180 177 3
J.D. advantage; law degree enhances position (e.g. accounting firm, management consulting firm, law school, or law firm administration) 14 13 1
Professional other 0 0 0
Non-professional other 0 0 0
Unknown type of job 0 0 0
Total 194 190 4

Employment Locations of Graduates Known to be Employed

Region State Number Employed
New England Maine 1
  Massachusetts 2
Mid Atlantic New Jersey 2
  New York 9
  Pennsylvania 3
E. North Central Illinois 3
  Michigan 3
  Ohio 1
  Wisconsin 11
W. North Central Minnesota 123
  Nebraska 1
  North Dakota 4
  South Dakota 1
South Atlantic Washington, D.C. 3
  Florida 1
  North Carolina 1
  Virginia 2
E. South Central Kentucky 1
  Tennessee 1
W. South Central Arkansas 1
  Oklahoma 1
  Texas 3
Mountain Colorado 2
  Utah 1
Pacific Alaska 1
  California 4
  Oregon 2
Non U.S. locations Non-U.S. 6
Total   194

March 15, 2018. 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 and the ABA. 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.

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