Recent Graduate Employment Data

ABA Employment Summaries: Classes of 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.

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 2014-2016 and 9 months after graduation for for the Classes of 2013
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Total Graduates 215 196 210 215
Employed 215 192 206 209
Bar Passage Required 211 190 195 199
JD Advantage 4 2 10 10
Other Professional 0 0 1 0
Non-Professional 0 0 0 0
Unknown 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree 0 1 0 3
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred 0 1 1 0
Unemployed - Not Seeking 0 0 0 1
Unemployed - Seeking 0 2 3 1
Employment Status Unknown 0 0 0 1

 

Law School/University Funded Positions
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Employed - Bar Passage Required 10 11 11 13
Employed - JD Advantage 0 0 0 3
Employed - Other Professional 0 0 1 0
Employed - Non-Professional 0 0 0 0
Total Funded by Law School/University 10 11 12 16

 

Employment Types of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Law Firms 67.0% 70.3% 65.0% 68.9%
Solo - - 0.7% 0.7%
2-10 0.7% - 0.7% -
11-25 2.8% 0.7% 0.7% 3.5%
26-50 2.8% - 0.7% 0.7%
51-100 2.1% - 3.0% 2.1%
101-250 4.2% 5.2% 3.7% 7.6%
251-500 13.2% 16.3% 4.5% 4.9%
500+ 74.3% 77.8% 85.8% 80.6%
unknown - - - -
Business and Industry 1.4% 3.1% 6.3% 4.3%
Government 5.6% 3.1% 4.9% 5.7%
Public Interest 6.5% 5.7% 6.3% 6.2%
Clerkship 19.1% 17.7% 17.0% 12.9%
Federal 87.8% 82.4% 94.3% 81.5%
State and Local 12.2% 17.6% 5.7% 18.5%
Other - - - -
Academia 0.5% - 0.5% 1.9%
Other/unknown - - - -

 

Geographic Destinations of The University of Chicago Law School Graduates
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.4% 1.0% 2.4% 0.5%
Mid-Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 23.2% 24.0% 19.9% 17.2%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 37.2% 38.0% 32.0% 35.4%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND) 1.9% 2.6% 3.4% 3.3%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 11.6% 9.9% 17.5% 12.9%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.9% 1.6% - 2.4%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 4.6% 6.8% 4.4% 6.2%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 4.2% 2.6% 1.9% 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, WA, HI, OR) 13.5% 11.5% 17.0% 19.6%
Foreign 0.5% 2.1% 1.5% 1.4%

 

Most Popular Employment Locations
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Illinois 34.0% 35.4% 31.1% 29.7%
New York 22.3% 22.4% 18.9% 16.3%
California 11.6% 8.8% 14.6% 16.7%
District of Columbia 5.1% 5.7% 10.7% 9.6%
Texas 4.7% 4.7% 3.4% 5.7%

 

Full-time Salaries of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Total Employed Graduates 215 192 206 209
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 213 189 196 202
Percentage of Full-time Salaries Reported 99.1% 98.4% 95.1% 96.6%
25th Percentile $65,000 $64,821 $65,000 $63,950
Median $180,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $180,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $135,241 $127,530 $123,409 $124,747
Private Sector 147 141 147 153
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 146 138 139 149
Percentage of Salaries Reported 99.3% 97.9% 94.6% 97.4%
25th Percentile $180,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Median $180,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $180,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $170,301 $154,728 $152,414 $151,752
Public Sector 68 51 59 56
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 67 51 57 53
Percentage of Salaries Reported 98.5% 100.0% 96.6% 94.6%
25th Percentile $52,000 $51,905 $44,500 $40,000
Median $60,882 $58,500 $62,000 $56,705
75th Percentile $64,992 $61,700 $64,585 $60,000
Mean $58,839 $53,935 $56,111 $48,826

 

First Post-Clerkship Job Choices
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 2011-2015
Law Firm 78.3% 75.0% 88.9% 88.6% 80.0% 82.5%
Government 13.0% 25.0% 11.1% 2.9% 15.0% 13.1%
Public Interest 4.3% 0.0% 0.0% 5.7% 0.0% 2.2%
Academia 4.3% 0.0% 0.0% 2.9% 0.0% 1.5%
Business & Industry 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 5.0% 0.7%

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 2016 follow the ABA definitions found at http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/legal_education_and_admissions_to_the_bar/Questionnaires/2017_eq_definitions_and_instructions.authcheckdam.pdf. Geographic distinctions follow the NALP categories found at http://www.nalp.org/assets/935_erssregions.pdf.