Recent Graduate Employment Data

ABA Employment Summaries: Classes of 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.

The Law School has long provided data about employment outcomes to prospective students, admitted students, current students, and alumni in various forms. We are pleased to offer this extensive data about employment outcomes and salaries 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. We also provide additional detailed information about judicial clerkships and summer employment data.

The University of Chicago Law School Employment
10 months after graduation for the Classes of 2015 and 2014 and 9 months after graduation for for the Classes of 2013 and 2012
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Total Graduates 196 210 215 215
Employed 192 206 209 213
Bar Passage Required 190 195 199 207
JD Advantage 2 10 10 5
Other Professional 0 1 0 1
Non-Professional 0 0 0 0
Unknown 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 0 3 1
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred 1 1 0 0
Unemployed - Not Seeking 0 0 1 0
Unemployed - Seeking 2 3 1 1
Employment Status Unknown 0 0 1 0

 

Law School/University Funded Positions
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Employed - Bar Passage Required 11 11 13 17
Employed - JD Advantage 0 0 3 0
Employed - Other Professional 0 1 0 0
Employed - Non-Professional 0 0 0 0
Total Funded by Law School/University 11 12 16 17

 

Employment Types of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Law Firms 70.3% 65.0% 68.9% 68.1%
Solo - 0.7% 0.7% -
2-10 - 0.7% - 5.5%
11-25 0.7% 0.7% 3.5% 2.8%
26-50 - 0.7% 0.7% 4.8%
51-100 - 3.0% 2.1% 3.4%
101-250 5.2% 3.7% 7.6% 4.8%
251-500 16.3% 4.5% 4.9% 11.7%
500+ 77.8% 85.8% 80.6% 66.9%
unknown - - - -
Business and Industry 3.1% 6.3% 4.3% 3.8%
Government 3.1% 4.9% 5.7% 2.8%
Public Interest 5.7% 6.3% 6.2% 8.5%
Clerkship 17.7% 17.0% 12.9% 16.9%
Federal 82.4% 94.3% 81.5% 88.9%
State and Local 17.6% 5.7% 18.5% 11.1%
Other - - - -
Academia - 0.5% 1.9% -
Other/unknown - - - -

 

Geographic Destinations of The University of Chicago Law School Graduates
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.0% 2.4% 0.5% 1.4%
Mid-Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 24.0% 19.9% 17.2% 18.8%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 38.0% 32.0% 35.4% 38.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND) 2.6% 3.4% 3.3% 3.8%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 9.9% 17.5% 12.9% 10.8%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.6% - 2.4% 0.5%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 6.8% 4.4% 6.2% 7.5%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.6% 1.9% 1.0% 3.8%
Pacific (AK, CA, WA, HI, OR) 11.5% 17.0% 19.6% 14.1%
Foreign 2.1% 1.5% 1.4% 1.4%

 

Most Popular Employment Locations
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Illinois 35.4% 31.1% 29.7% 35.3%
New York 22.4% 18.9% 16.3% 16.7%
California 8.8% 14.6% 16.7% 13.0%
District of Columbia 5.7% 10.7% 9.6% 7.0%

 

Full-time Salaries of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Total Employed Graduates 192 206 209 213
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 189 196 202 204
Percentage of Full-time Salaries Reported 98.4% 95.1% 96.6% 95.8%
25th Percentile $64,821 $65,000 $63,950 $62,909
Median $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $127,530 $123,409 $124,747 $118,883
Private Sector 141 147 153 153
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 138 139 149 146
Percentage of Salaries Reported 97.9% 94.6% 97.4% 95.4%
25th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $150,000
Median $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $154,728 $152,414 $151,752 $146,805
Public Sector 51 59 56 60
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 51 57 53 58
Percentage of Salaries Reported 100.0% 96.6% 94.6% 96.7%
25th Percentile $51,905 $44,500 $40,000 $40,000
Median $58,500 $62,000 $56,705 $57,000
75th Percentile $61,700 $64,585 $60,000 $62,909
Mean $53,935 $56,111 $48,826 $46,979

 

First Post-Clerkship Job Choices
  Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010 2010-2014
Law Firm 79.2% 88.5% 88.6% 80.0% 85.2% 84.8%
Government 20.8% 11.5% 2.9% 15.0% 11.1% 11.4%
Public Interest 0.0% 0.0% 5.7% 0.0% 0.0% 1.5%
Academia 0.0% 0.0% 2.9% 0.0% 3.7% 1.5%
Business & Industry 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 5.0% 0.0% 0.8%

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 is proud to provide significant support to students and graduates entering public service. Students who pursue careers in public interest immediately after graduation face unique challenges, and one of the ways the Law School helps to ameliorate those challenges is through postgraduate public interest fellowships and funding, as well as a generous loan forgiveness program.

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 2015 follow the ABA definitions found at http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/legal_education_and_admissions_to_the_bar/Questionnaires/2016_eq_efinitions_and_instructions.authcheckdam.pdf. Geographic distinctions follow the NALP categories found at http://www.nalp.org/assets/935_erssregions.pdf.