Employment Data for Recent Graduates

Employment Data for Recent Graduates

The information in the tables below is as of 10 months after graduation. This data was reported to the ABA and/or NALP according to their reporting guidelines.

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Career Brochure (Aggregate Data for Classes of 2013-15, Including Employers Listed by Location and Court District) 
 

ABA Employment Summary Reports

Class of 2016 | Class of 2015 | Class of 2014

Employment Status

  2016 2015 2014
Employed 323 97.9% 356 97.0% 339 97.1%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 0 0% 1 0.3% 1 0.3%
Start Date Deferred 0 0% 1 0.3% 2 0.6%
Not Seeking Employment 1 0.3% 1 0.3% 3 0.9%
Seeking Employment 6 1.8% 7 1.9% 3 0.9%
Unknown 0 0% 1 0.3% 1 0.3%
TOTAL GRADUATES 330   367   349  
Number of graduates receiving funding as Powell, Kennedy or Ruff fellows (included in figures above) 19 5.8% 30 8.2% 34 9.7%

Employment by Industry/Sector

  2016 2015 2014
Law Firms 224 69.3% 227 63.8% 206 60.8%
Judicial Clerkships 58 18.0% 69 19.4% 67 19.8%
Government 22 6.8% 34 9.6% 36 10.6%
Public Interest 12 3.7% 10 2.8% 16 4.7%
Business/Industry 6 1.9% 13 3.7% 13 3.8%
Academia 0 0.0% 3 0.8% 1 0.3%
Unknown 1 0.3% 0 0% 0 0%
TOTAL EMPLOYED GRADUATES 323   356   339  

Employment Type

  2016 2015 2014
Bar Admission Required/Anticipated 315 97.5% 346 97.2% 331 97.6%
J.D. Preferred 7 2.2% 10 2.8% 8 2.4%
Professional Other 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
Nonprofessional Other 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
Undeterminable 1 0.3% 0 0% 0 0%
TOTAL EMPLOYED GRADUATES 323   356   339  
Full-time, Long-term 317 98.1% 350 98.3% 337 99.4%
Full-time, Short-term 3 0.9% 1 0.3% 1 0.3%
Part-time, Long-term 3 0.9% 1 0.3% 0 0%
Part-time, Short-term 0 0% 4 1.1% 1 0.3%
TOTAL EMPLOYED GRADUATES 323   356   339  

Law Firm Employment

FIRM SIZE 2016 2015 2014
501+ Attorneys 174 77.7% 161 70.9% 141 68.4%
251-500 24 10.7% 31 13.7% 28 13.6%
101-250 9 4.0% 8 3.5% 14 6.8%
51-100 6 2.7% 6 2.6% 7 3.4%
26-50 6 2.7% 3 1.3% 5 2.4%
11-25 3 1.3% 5 2.2% 5 2.4%
2-10 2 0.9% 12 5.3% 6 2.9%
1 0 0% 1 0.4% 0 0%
Unknown 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
TOTAL LAW FIRM GRADUATES 224   227   206  

Judicial Clerkship Employment

CLERKSHIP TYPE 2016 2015 2014
Federal Courts 48 82.8% 58 84.1% 53 79.1%
State and Local Courts 10 17.2% 11 15.9% 14 20.9%
Other 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
TOTAL JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP GRADUATES 58   69   67  
Number of graduates receiving funding as Powell, Kennedy or Ruff fellows (included in figures above) 1 1.7% 4 5.8% 7 10.4%

Salaries

ALL SECTORS 2016 2015 2014
75th Percentile $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
Median $180,000 $145,000 $135,000
25th Percentile $66,510 $61,000 $60,500
Total Graduates in This Category 323 356 339
Salaries Reported 313 346 333
Response Rate 96.9% 97.2% 98.2%
PRIVATE SECTOR (Law Firms and Business/Industry) 2016 2015 2014
75th Percentile $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
Median $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
25th Percentile $180,000 $145,000 $136,250
Total Graduates in This Category 230 240 219
Salaries Reported 221 232 215
Response Rate 96.1% 96.7% 98.2%
PUBLIC SECTOR (Judicial Clerkships, Government, Public Interest and Academia) 2016 2015 2014
75th Percentile $64,094 $61,897 $62,431
Median $60,210 $58,531 $57,000
25th Percentile $51,188 $40,000 $40,000
Total Graduates in This Category 92 116 120
Salaries Reported 92 114 118
Response Rate 100% 98.3% 98.3%
Graduates receiving funding as Powell, Kennedy or Ruff fellows are included in Public Sector (except for one graduate in 2014 working at a nonprofit classified as Private Sector under the ABA guidelines).

Employment Locations

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  2016 2015 2014
New York 74 22.9% 71 19.9% 68 20.1%
District of Columbia 66 20.4% 60 16.9% 66 19.5%
Virginia 36 11.1% 59 16.6% 52 15.3%
California 25 7.7% 33 9.3% 23 6.8%
Texas 23 7.1% 24 6.7% 22 6.5%
All Other States 93 28.8% 105 29.5% 106 31.3%
International 5 1.5% 4 1.1% 2 0.6%
Unknown 1 0.3% 0 0% 0 0%
TOTAL EMPLOYED GRADUATES 323   356   339  

First-Time Bar Passage Rate

Calendar Year of Test 2015 2014 2013
STATE UVA Takers UVA Pass Rate Jurisdiction Pass Rate UVA Takers UVA Pass Rate Jurisdiction Pass Rate UVA Takers UVA Pass Rate Jurisdiction Pass Rate
New York 98 95.9% 78.1% 101 98.0% 78.6% 87 93.1% 84.8%
Virginia 89 92.1% 74.2% 77 90.9% 72.4% 94 93.6% 77.4%
California 38 92.1% 63.7% 29 72.4% 66.1% 31 77.4% 71.1%
Texas 25 92.0% 73.2% 25 96.0% 77.4% 23 100% 85.1%
Pennsylvania 13 100% 76.6% 15 100% 80.9%      
Georgia             18 94.4% 85.2%

*Note: Top five states reported by year.