Recent Graduate Employment Data

ABA Employment Summaries: Classes of 2019, 20182017, and 2016.

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.

University of Chicago Law School Employment 10 months after graduation
  Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Total Graduates 202 206 214 215
Employed 199 202 210 215
Bar Passage Required 196 198 205 211
JD Advantage 3 4 4 4
Professional 0 0 1 0
Non-Professional 0 0 0 0
Unknown 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 0 1 0
Employed - Start Date Deferred 1 0 0 0
Unemployed - Not Seeking 0 2 0 0
Unemployed - Seeking 0 2 2 0
Employment Status Unknown 1 0 1 0
Law School/University Funded Positions
  Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Employed - Bar Passage Required 7 10 8 10
Employed - JD Advantage 1 0 0 0
Employed - Professional 0 0 0 0
Employed - Non-Professional 0 0 0 0
Total Funded by Law School/University 8 10 8 10
Employment Types of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Law Firms 62.3% 60.9% 69.0% 67.0%
Solo - - - -
2-10 0.8% 0.8% 0.7% 0.7%
11-25 1.6% 0.8% - 2.8%
26-50 3.2% 2.4% 0.7% 2.8%
51-100 3.2% 3.3% 0.7% 2.1%
101-250 3.2% 5.7% 1.4% 4.2%
251-500 7.3% 8.1% 5.5% 13.2%
500+ 80.6% 78.9% 91.0% 74.3%
unknown - - - -
Business and Industry 1.0% 4.0% 1.9% 1.4%
Government 2.5% 2.5% 2.9% 5.6%
Public Interest 6.0% 5.0% 4.8% 6.5%
Clerkship 27.6% 27.7% 21.4% 19.1%
Federal 87.3% 87.5% 100.0% 87.8%
State and Local 12.7% 12.5% - 12.2%
Other - - - -
Academia 0.5% - - 0.5%
Other/unknown - - - -
Geographic Destinations of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 2.0% 1.0% 2.4% 1.4%
Mid-Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 19.1% 20.3% 19.0% 23.2%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 36.7% 35.6% 38.6% 37.2%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND) 3.0% 3.0% 3.3% 1.9%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 9.5% 11.9% 9.0% 11.6%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.5% 3.0% 1.9% 1.9%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 7.0% 9.4% 9.0% 4.6%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 5.5% 1.0% 2.9% 4.2%
Pacific (AK, CA, WA, HI, OR) 14.1% 13.9% 12.9% 13.5%
Foreign (Foreign Countries and US Territories) 1.5% 1.0% 1.0% 0.5%
Most Popular Employment Locations
  Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Illinois 31.7% 30.7% 35.7% 34.0%
New York 18.1% 19.8% 17.6% 22.3%
California 12.6% 11.9% 12.4% 11.6%
District of Columbia 8.0% 8.9% 5.7% 5.1%
Texas 6.5% 7.9% 8.1% 4.7%
Full-time Salaries of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Total Employed Graduates 199 202 210 215
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 196 201 209 213
Percentage of Full-time Salaries Reported 98.5% 99.5% 99.5% 99.1%
25th Percentile $68,897 $67,628 $66,510 $65,000
Median $190,000 $180,000 $180,000 $180,000
75th Percentile $190,000 $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
Mean $141,522 $137,574 $141,792 $135,241
Private Sector 126 131 149 147
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 124 130 148 146
Percentage of Salaries Reported 98.4% 99.2% 99.3% 99.3%
25th Percentile $190,000 $180,000 $180,000 $180,000
Median $190,000 $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
75th Percentile $190,000 $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
Mean $184,032 $178,999 $175,088 $170,301
Public Sector 73 71 61 68
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 72 71 61 67
Percentage of Salaries Reported 98.6% 100.0% 100.0% 98.5%
25th Percentile $62,236 $57,595 $60,000 $52,000
Median $65,000 $63,192 $63,000 $60,882
75th Percentile $68,996 $67,638 $66,379 $64,992
Mean $68,309 $61,727 $61,009 $58,839
First Post-Clerkship Job Choices
  Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 2014-2018
Law Firm 81.5% 90.0% 81.6% 79.4% 75.8% 82.0%
Government 7.4% 2.5% 10.5% 8.8% 24.2% 10.5%
Public Interest 3.7% 5.0% 5.3% 5.9% 0.0% 4.1%
Academia 7.4% 0.0% 0.0% 2.9% 0.0% 1.7%
Business & Industry 0.0% 2.5% 2.6% 2.9% 0.0% 1.7%

As you can see, UChicago 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 2019 follow the definitions in the ABA Employment Protocols. Geographic distinctions follow these NALP categories.