Recent Graduate Employment Data

ABA Employment Summaries: Classes of 20182017, 2016, and 2015.

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 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Total Graduates 206 214 215 196
Employed 202 210 215 192
Bar Passage Required 198 205 211 190
JD Advantage 4 4 4 2
Professional 0 1 0 0
Non-Professional 0 0 0 0
Unknown 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree 0 1 0 1
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred 0 0 0 1
Unemployed - Not Seeking 2 0 0 0
Unemployed - Seeking 2 2 0 2
Employment Status Unknown 0 1 0 0
Law School/University Funded Positions
  Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Employed - Bar Passage Required 10 8 10 11
Employed - JD Advantage 0 0 0 0
Employed - Professional 0 0 0 0
Employed - Non-Professional 0 0 0 0
Total Funded by Law School/University 10 8 10 11
Employment Types of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Law Firms 60.9% 69.0% 67.0% 70.3%
Solo - - - -
2-10 0.8% 0.7% 0.7% -
11-25 0.8% - 2.8% 0.7%
26-50 2.4% 0.7% 2.8% -
51-100 3.3% 0.7% 2.1% -
101-250 5.7% 1.4% 4.2% 5.2%
251-500 8.1% 5.5% 13.2% 16.3%
500+ 78.9% 91.0% 74.3% 77.8%
unknown - - - -
Business and Industry 4.0% 1.9% 1.4% 3.1%
Government 2.5% 2.9% 5.6% 3.1%
Public Interest 5.0% 4.8% 6.5% 5.7%
Clerkship 27.7% 21.4% 19.1% 17.7%
Federal 87.5% 100.0% 87.8% 82.4%
State and Local 12.5% - 12.2% 17.6%
Other - - - -
Academia - - 0.5% -
Other/unknown - - - -
Geographic Destinations of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.0% 2.4% 1.4% 1.0%
Mid-Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 20.3% 19.0% 23.2% 24.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 35.6% 38.6% 37.2% 38.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND) 3.0% 3.3% 1.9% 2.6%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 11.9% 9.0% 11.6% 9.9%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 3.0% 1.9% 1.9% 1.6%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 9.4% 9.0% 4.6% 6.8%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.0% 2.9% 4.2% 2.6%
Pacific (AK, CA, WA, HI, OR) 13.9% 12.9% 13.5% 11.5%
Foreign (Foreign Countries and US Territories) 1.0% 1.0% 0.5% 2.1%
Most Popular Employment Locations
  Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Illinois 30.7% 35.7% 34.0% 35.4%
New York 19.8% 17.6% 22.3% 22.4%
California 11.9% 12.4% 11.6% 8.8%
District of Columbia 8.9% 5.7% 5.1% 5.7%
Texas 7.9% 8.1% 4.7% 4.7%
Full-time Salaries of Employed Graduates
  Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Total Employed Graduates 202 210 215 192
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 201 209 213 189
Percentage of Full-time Salaries Reported 99.5% 99.5% 99.1% 98.4%
25th Percentile $67,628 $66,510 $65,000 $64,821
Median $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $190,000 $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
Mean $137,574 $141,792 $135,241 $127,530
Private Sector 131 149 147 141
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 130 148 146 138
Percentage of Salaries Reported 99.2% 99.3% 99.3% 97.9%
25th Percentile $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
Median $190,000 $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $190,000 $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
Mean $178,999 $175,088 $170,301 $154,728
Public Sector 71 61 68 51
Number of Full-time Salaries Reported 71 61 67 51
Percentage of Salaries Reported 100.0% 100.0% 98.5% 100.0%
25th Percentile $57,595 $60,000 $52,000 $51,905
Median $63,192 $63,000 $60,882 $58,500
75th Percentile $67,638 $66,379 $64,992 $61,700
Mean $61,727 $61,009 $58,839 $53,935
First Post-Clerkship Job Choices
  Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013 2013-2017
Law Firm 85.7% 83.3% 81.8% 75.8% 88.9% 82.8%
Government 3.6% 11.1% 9.1% 24.2% 11.10% 12.1%
Public Interest 7.1% 2.8% 3.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.5%
Academia 0.0% 0.0% 3.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6%
Business & Industry 3.6% 2.8% 3.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.9%

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 2018 follow the definitions in the ABA Employment Protocols. Geographic distinctions follow these NALP categories.