2020 Career Facts & Statistics

Information below is based on Class of 2020 graduates known to be employed as of March 15, 2021.

Employment Rates
(199 graduates from 9/1/19 to 8/31/20)
Number
Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0
Graduates whose employment status is known 199
Graduates known to be employed 188
Graduates with deferred start dates (positions that start after March 15, 2021) 2
Graduates enrolled in a full-time degree program 2
Graduates who are unemployed and seeking work 5
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 177 7
Law School funded 2 2
Total 179 9
Salary Data for Graduates Employed in Law Firms Law Firm Salary
Median starting salary $140,000
75th percentile salary $160,000
25th percentile salary $115,500
Range $50,000 - $190,000
Percent of all 2020 graduates known to be employed in law firms who reported salary data 70%
Salary Data for Graduates Employed in Government
(includes any branch of government and judicial clerkships)
Public Sector Salary
Median starting salary $65,000
75th percentile salary $70,000
25th percentile salary $60,000
Range $56,000 - $113,319
Percent of all 2020 graduates known to be employed in the public sector who reported salary data 78%
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

1
20
6
9
4
8
13
29
0

1
19
6
9
4
8
13
29
0

0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Business & industry 19 17 2
Government 15 14 1
Public interest 28 23 5
Judicial clerkship
   Federal
   State Appellate
   Trial Court
   Other

9
8
13
0

9
7
13
0

0
1
0
0
Education 6 4 2
Unknown employer type 0 0 0
Total 188 176 12
Type of Job for Graduates Known to be Employed Total Full Time Part Time
Bar admission required/anticipated (includes judicial clerks) 165 160 5
J.D. advantage; law degree enhances position (e.g. accounting firm, management consulting firm, law school, or law firm administration) 20 14 6
Professional other 3 2 1
Non-professional other 0 0 0
Unknown type of job 0 0 0
Total 188 176 12

Employment Locations of Graduates Known to be Employed

Region State Number Employed
New England Massachusetts 1
  New Hampshire 1
Mid Atlantic New Jersey 3
  New York 7
  Pennsylvania 1
E. North Central Illinois 9
  Indiana 1
  Michigan 1
  Wisconsin 10
W. North Central Iowa 1
  Minnesota 104
  Nebraska 1
  North Dakota 2
  South Dakota 1
South Atlantic Florida 1
  Maryland 1
  South Carolina 1
  Washington, D.C. 8
E. South Central Kentucky 1
W. South Central Arkansas 1
  Texas 6
Mountain Arizona 1
  Colorado 4
  Nevada 3
  New Mexico 1
Pacific Alaska 1
  California 8
  Washington 1
Non U.S. locations Non-U.S. 7
Total   188

March 15, 2021. 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.

Per Interpretation 509-2 of Standard 509, law schools may choose to publicize additional  employment outcome data beyond what the Employment Protocols require. This  additional data, per Standard 509, must be “complete, accurate, and not misleading to a reasonable law school student or applicant.” Law schools are expected to use “due  diligence in obtaining and verifying such information.” The following additional  employment outcome data has not been, and will not be, audited by the ABA. It is meant  to supplement the annual ABA Employment Summary Report, which reflects the  employment status of members of each graduating class as of the annual Graduate  Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment  outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved  Law School or at www.abarequireddisclosures.org.

Information on employment outcomes for the Class of 2020 may not reflect a particular law school’s typical results in this area. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bar admission exams were canceled or delayed in many jurisdictions, thus making it more challenging for graduates to secure employment by the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at www.abarequireddisclosures.org.

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