Recent Graduate Employment Data

ABA Employment Summaries: Classes of 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.

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 Class of 2014 and 9 months after graduation for all other classes
  Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011
Total Graduates 210 215 215 203
Employed 206 209 213 199
Bar Passage Required 195 199 207 181
JD Advantage 10 10 5 16
Other Professional 1 0 1 2
Non-Professional 0 0 0 0
Unknown 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree 0 3 1 1
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred 1 0 0 0
Unemployed - Not Seeking 0 1 0 1
Unemployed - Seeking 3 1 1 2
Employment Status Unknown 0 1 0 0

 

Employment Types of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011
Law Firms 65.0% 68.9% 68.1% 58.8%
Solo 0.7% 0.7% - -
2-10 0.7% - 5.5% 6.0%
11-25 0.7% 3.5% 2.8% 4.3%
26-50 0.7% 0.7% 4.8% 5.1%
51-100 3.0% 2.1% 3.4% 6.8%
101-250 3.7% 7.6% 4.8% 1.7%
251-500 4.5% 4.9% 11.7% 5.1%
500+ 85.8% 80.6% 66.9% 70.9%
unknown - - - -
Business and Industry 6.3% 4.3% 3.8% 7.5%
Government 4.9% 5.7% 2.8% 4.5%
Public Interest 6.3% 6.2% 8.5% 15.1%
Clerkship 17.0% 12.9% 16.9% 10.1%
Federal 94.3% 81.5% 88.9% 95.0%
State and Local 5.7% 18.5% 11.1% 5.0%
Other - - - -
Academia 0.5% 1.9% - 4.0%
Other/unknown - - - -

 

Geographic Destinations of The University of Chicago Law School Graduates
  Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011
Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 2.4% 0.5% 1.4% 3.5%
Mid-Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 19.9% 17.2% 18.8% 13.1%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 32.0% 35.4% 38.0% 41.7%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND) 3.4% 3.3% 3.8% 3.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 17.5% 12.9% 10.8% 9.6%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) - 2.4% 0.5% 1.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 4.4% 6.2% 7.5% 6.5%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.9% 1.0% 3.8% 4.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, WA, HI, OR) 17.0% 19.6% 14.1% 13.6%
Foreign 1.5% 1.4% 1.4% 4.0%

 

Most Popular Employment Locations
  Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011
Illinois 31.1% 29.7% 35.3% 38.4%
New York 18.9% 16.3% 16.7% 12.3%
California 14.6% 16.7% 13.0% 11.3%
District of Columbia 10.7% 9.6% 7.0% 6.5%

 

Full-time Starting Salaries of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011
Total Employed Graduates 206 209 213 199
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 196 202 204 178
Percentage of Full-time Salaries Reported 95.1% 96.6% 95.8% 89.4%
25th Percentile $65,000 $63,950 $62,909 $60,827
Median $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $123,409 $124,747 $118,883 $114,496
Private Sector 147 153 153 132
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 139 149 146 118
Percentage of Salaries Reported 94.6% 97.4% 95.4% 89.4%
25th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $150,000 $160,000
Median $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $152,414 $151,752 $146,805 $149,169
Public Sector 59 56 60 67
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 57 53 58 60
Percentage of Salaries Reported 96.6% 94.6% 96.7% 89.6%
25th Percentile $44,500 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000
Median $62,000 $56,705 $57,000 $52,000
75th Percentile $64,585 $60,000 $62,909 $62,909
Mean $56,111 $48,826 $46,979 $45,496

 

First Post-Clerkship Job Choices
  Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010 Class of 2009 2009-2013
Law Firm 94.4% 88.2% 94.1% 84.6% 77.8% 87.6%
Government 5.6% 2.9% 5.9% 11.5% 11.1% 7.1%
Public Interest 0.0% 5.9% 0.0% 0.0% 11.1% 3.5%
Academia 0.0% 2.9% 0.0% 3.8% 0.0% 1.8%

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 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 2014 follow the ABA definitions found at http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/legal_education_and_admissions_to_the_bar/Questionnaires/2015_employment_questionnaire_definitionsandinstructions.authcheckdam.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, at that time NALP counted employment at a public interest law firm as Law Firm employment, whereas the ABA treated it as Public Interest employment.