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Information as of 10 months after graduation. This data was reported to the ABA and/or NALP according to their reporting guidelines.

Employment Status


2017 2016 2015
Employed 171 199 205
Pursuing Graduate Degree 6 5 3
Seeking Employment 14 23 18
Not Seeking Employment 3 1 3
Unknown 1 1 3
Total Graduates 195 229 232

Employment by Industry/Sector

2017 2016 2015
Law Firms 86 97 101
Judicial Clerkships 24 21 18
Government 21 25 33
Public Interest 8 14 13
Business/Industry 29 32 32
Education 3 (0*) 6 (0*) 8 (2*)
Unknown 0 0 0
Total Employed Graduates 171 195 205

* University-funded positions

Employment Type

2017 2016 2015
Bar Admission Required/Anticipated 143 167 167
(Full-Time, Long-Term) 138 155 153
(Full-Time, Short-Term) 2 10 6
(Part-Time, Long-Term) 0 1 2
(Part-Time, Short-Term) 3 1 6
J.D. Advantage 28 30 34
(Full-Time, Long-Term) 19 12 29
(Full-Time, Short-Term) 1 9 1
(Part-Time, Long-Term) 4 1 1
(Part-Time, Short-Term) 4 8 3
Professional Other 0 1 1
(Full-Time, Long-Term) 0 0 1
(Full-Time, Short-Term) 0 0 0
(Part-Time, Long-Term) 0 0 0
(Part-Time, Short-Term) 0 1 0
Nonprofessional Other 0 0 1
(Full-Time, Long-Term) 0 0 0
(Full-Time, Short-Term) 0 0 0
(Part-Time, Long-Term) 0 0 0
(Part-Time, Short-Term) 0 0 1
Employed, Type Unknown 0 0 0

Law Firm Employment

Firm Size 2017 2016 2015
501+ Attorneys 37 32 30
251-500 5 4 14
101-250 6 8 8
51-100 5 9 7
26-50 1 7 5
11 through 25 11 9 8
2 through 10 19 23 28
Solo 1 1 0
Unknown Size 1 4 1
Total Law Firm Graduates 86 97

Salaries

Private Sector 2017 2016 2015
75th Percentile $155,000 $137,500 $160,000
Median $130,000 $108,000 $115,000
25th Percentile $65,000 $65,000 $67,000
Total Graduates in this Category 115 129 133
Salaries Reported 85 88 98
Response Rate 73.9% 68.2% 73.7%
Public Sector 2017 2016 2015
75th Percentile $60,000 $64,825 $59,393
Median $51,500 $58,000 $50,650
25th Percentile $46,000 $49,081 $44,500
Total Graduates in this Category 56 66 72
Salaries Reported 48 44 56
Response Rate 85.7% 66.7% 77.8%
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