Recent Graduate Employment Data

ABA Employment Summaries: Classes of 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014.

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 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Total Graduates 214 215 196 210
Employed 210 215 192 206
Bar Passage Required 205 211 190 195
JD Advantage 4 4 2 10
Professional 1 0 0 1
Non-Professional 0 0 0 0
Unknown 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 0 1 0
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred 0 0 1 1
Unemployed - Not Seeking 0 0 0 0
Unemployed - Seeking 2 0 2 3
Employment Status Unknown 1 0 0 0
Law School/University Funded Positions
  Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Employed - Bar Passage Required 8 10 11 11
Employed - JD Advantage 0 0 0 0
Employed - Other Professional 0 0 0 1
Employed - Non-Professional 0 0 0 0
Total Funded by Law School/University 8 10 11 12
Employment Types of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Law Firms 69.0% 67.0% 70.3% 65.0%
Solo - - - 0.7%
2-10 0.7% 0.7% - 0.7%
11-25 - 2.8% 0.7% 0.7%
26-50 0.7% 2.8% - 0.7%
51-100 0.7% 2.1% - 3.0%
101-250 1.4% 4.2% 5.2% 3.7%
251-500 5.5% 13.2% 16.3% 4.5%
500+ 91.0% 74.3% 77.8% 85.8%
unknown - - - -
Business and Industry 1.9% 1.4% 3.1% 6.3%
Government 2.9% 5.6% 3.1% 4.9%
Public Interest 4.8% 6.5% 5.7% 6.3%
Clerkship 21.4% 19.1% 17.7% 17.0%
Federal 100.0% 87.8% 82.4% 94.3%
State and Local - 12.2% 17.6% 5.7%
Other - - - -
Academia - 0.5% - 0.5%
Other/unknown - - - -
Geographic Destinations of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 2.4% 1.4% 1.0% 2.4%
Mid-Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 19.0% 23.2% 24.0% 19.9%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 38.6% 37.2% 38.0% 32.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND) 3.3% 1.9% 2.6% 3.4%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 9.0% 11.6% 9.9% 17.5%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.9% 1.9% 1.6% -
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 9.0% 4.6% 6.8% 4.4%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.9% 4.2% 2.6% 1.9%
Pacific (AK, CA, WA, HI, OR) 12.9% 13.5% 11.5% 17.0%
Foreign 1.0% 0.5% 2.1% 1.5%
Most Popular Employment Locations
  Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Illinois 35.7% 34.0% 35.4% 31.1%
New York 17.6% 22.3% 22.4% 18.9%
California 12.4% 11.6% 8.8% 14.6%
District of Columbia 5.7% 5.1% 5.7% 10.7%
Texas 8.1% 4.7% 4.7% 3.4%
Full-time Salaries of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Total Employed Graduates 210 215 192 206
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 209 213 189 196
Percentage of Full-time Salaries Reported 99.5% 99.1% 98.4% 95.1%
25th Percentile $66,510 $65,000 $64,821 $65,000
Median $180,000 $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $180,000 $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $141,792 $135,241 $127,530 $123,409
Private Sector 149 147 141 147
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 148 146 138 139
Percentage of Salaries Reported 99.3% 99.3% 97.9% 94.6%
25th Percentile $180,000 $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
Median $180,000 $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $180,000 $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $175,088 $170,301 $154,728 $152,414
Public Sector 61 68 51 59
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 61 67 51 57
Percentage of Salaries Reported 100.0% 98.5% 100.0% 96.6%
25th Percentile $60,000 $52,000 $51,905 $44,500
Median $63,000 $60,882 $58,500 $62,000
75th Percentile $66,379 $64,992 $61,700 $64,585
Mean $61,009 $58,839 $53,935 $56,111
First Post-Clerkship Job Choices
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012 2012-2016
Law Firm 88.5% 81.8% 75.8% 88.9% 88.9% 84.5%
Government 7.7% 9.1% 24.2% 11.1% 2.8% 11.0%
Public Interest 3.8% 3.0% 0.0% 0.0% 5.6% 2.6%
Academia 0.0% 3.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.8% 1.3%
Business & Industry 0.0% 3.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6%

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 2017 follow these ABA definitions. Geographic distinctions follow these NALP categories.