Recent Graduate Employment Data

ABA Employment Summaries: Classes of 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.

We also provide additional detailed information about judicial clerkships and summer employment data.

The University of Chicago Law School Employment 9 Months after Graduation
  Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Total Graduates 215 215 203 195
Employed 209 213 199 191
Bar Passage Required 199 207 181 177
JD Advantage 10 5 16 8
Other Professional 0 1 2 4
Non-Professional 0 0 0 1
Unknown 0 0 0 1
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 1 1 0
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred 0 0 0 Category added starting with the Class of 2011
Unemployed - Not Seeking 1 0 1 2
Unemployed - Seeking 1 1 2 2
Employment Status Unknown 1 0 0 0

 

Employment Types of Employed Graduates (9 Months Out)
  Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Law Firms 68.9% 68.1% 58.8% 71.2%
Solo 0.7% - - -
2-10 - 5.5% 6.0% 5.1%
11-25 3.5% 2.8% 4.3% 3.7%
26-50 0.7% 4.8% 5.1% 1.5%
51-100 2.1% 3.4% 6.8% 3.7%
101-250 7.6% 4.8% 1.7% 3.7%
251-500 4.9% 11.7% 5.1% 8.1%
500+ 80.6% 66.9% 70.9% 74.3%
unknown - - - -
Business and Industry 4.3% 3.8% 7.5% 4.2%
Government 5.7% 2.8% 4.5% 3.2%
Public Interest 6.2% 8.5% 15.1% 5.2%
Clerkship 12.9% 16.9% 10.1% 14.1%
Federal 81.5% 88.9% 95.0% 88.9%
State and Local 18.5% 11.1% 5.0% 11.1%
Other - - - -
Academia 1.9% - 4.0% 1.6%
Other/unknown - - - 0.5%

 

Geographic Destinations of The University of Chicago Law School Graduates (9 Months Out)
  Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.5% 1.4% 3.5% 2.6%
Mid-Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 17.2% 18.8% 13.1% 25.6%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 35.4% 38.0% 41.7% 38.2%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND) 3.3% 3.8% 3.0% 3.7%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 12.9% 10.8% 9.6% 8.9%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 2.4% 0.5% 1.0% 2.1%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 6.2% 7.5% 6.5% 4.2%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.0% 3.8% 4.0% 3.7%
Pacific (AK, CA, WA, HI, OR) 19.6% 14.1% 13.6% 8.9%
Foreign 1.4% 1.4% 4.0% 2.1%

 

Most Popular Employment Locations (9 Months Out)
  Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Illinois 29.7% 35.3% 38.4% 36.1%
New York 16.3% 16.7% 12.3% 25.1%
California 16.7% 13.0% 11.3% 8.4%
District of Columbia 9.6% 7.0% 6.5% 7.9%
Texas 5.7% 7.0% 6.0% 3.1%

 

Full-time Starting Salaries of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Total Employed Graduates 209 213 199 191
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 202 204 178 181
Percentage of Full-time Salaries Reported 96.6% 95.8% 89.4% 94.8%
25th Percentile $63,950 $62,909 $60,827 $63,000
Median $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $124,747 $118,883 $114,496 $122,796
Private Sector 153 153 132 144
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 149 146 118 138
Percentage of Salaries Reported 97.4% 95.4% 89.4% 95.8%
25th Percentile $160,000 $150,000 $160,000 $145,000
Median $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $151,752 $146,805 $149,169 $143,768
Public Sector 56 60 67 46
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 53 58 60 43
Percentage of Salaries Reported 94.6% 96.7% 89.6% 93.5%
25th Percentile $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $46,000
Median $56,705 $57,000 $52,000 $60,000
75th Percentile $60,000 $62,909 $62,909 $62,909
Mean $48,826 $46,979 $45,496 $55,491

 

First Post-Clerkship Job Choices
  Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010 Class of 2009 Class of 2008 2008-2012
Law Firm 91.3% 93.3% 84.6% 77.8% 82.1% 85.7%
Government 0.0% 6.7% 11.5% 11.1% 3.6% 6.3%
Public Interest 8.7% 0.0% 0.0% 11.1% 3.6% 4.5%
Academia 0.0% 0.0% 3.8% 0.0% 7.1% 2.7%
Business and Industry 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.6% 0.9%

As you can see, Chicago Law graduates find work in every part of the legal profession, as well as in non-legal careers where a law degree is a substantial asset. Our alumni are all over the world, leading the way in private practice, government, public service, business, academia, and the judiciary.

The Law School has long proudly provided data about employment outcomes to prospective students, admitted students, current students, and alumni in various forms. In today’s market, we understand that prospective students want and need more information than ever before in order to make decisions about their futures. We are pleased to offer this extensive data about employment outcomes for the four most recent graduating classes, as well as information about where our students who clerk immediately after graduation choose to work after they are finished clerking.

Please note: Employment and salary information is taken from a variety of sources, including: student self-reporting, alumni surveys, employer information, published salary data, and electronic resources.

Private Sector salaries include graduates in both the Law Firms and Business and Industry categories.

Public Sector salaries include graduates in the Government, Public Interest, Judicial Clerkships, and Academia categories.

Employment categories for the Class of 2013 follow the ABA definitions found at http://2014EmploymentQuestionnaireDefinitionsandInstructions.pdf. Geographic distinctions follow the NALP categories found at http://www.nalp.org/assets/935_erssregions.pdf.

In the few instances where there is a definitional difference regarding employment type for the Class of 2011 and earlier, the above numbers reflect the NALP definitions. For example, NALP counts employment at a public interest law firm as Law Firm employment, whereas the ABA treats it as Public Interest employment.