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Employment Data for Recent Graduates

A wide range of employment opportunities awaits NYU Law graduates. Private practice is the most common starting point, though many take public service and government positions. We report JD employment data to the American Bar Association (ABA) 10 months after each class graduates. Below is an overview of employment information at that time for the last four years. You can view official ABA employment summary reports for the classes of 20162015, and 2014. You may also view the most recent summary report prepared by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).

EMPLOYMENT OF NYU LAW GRADUATES 10 MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014

TOTAL GRADUATES

485 485 479

Employed

478
(98.56%)
474
(97.73%)
467
(97.50%)
Bar admission required 462 458 449
JD preferred 16 15 15
Other Professional 0 0 3
Non-Professional 0 1 0

Pursuing Graduate Degree

2 3 3
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
1 0 0

Unemployed - not seeking

1 2 1

Unemployed - seeking

2 4 5

Employment Status Unknown

1 2 3

 

EMPLOYMENT FUNDING
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014

OF EMPLOYED - LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS

31 33 39

 

EMPLOYMENT TYPES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014

Law Firm

74.06% 68.35% 69.16%
Solo Practice 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
2 to 10 attorneys 0.85% 0.93% 1.86%
11 to 25 attorneys 1.13% 1.85% 1.24%
26 to 50 attorneys 1.69% 0.62% 0.62%
51 to 100 attorneys 0.56% 3.09% 0.93%
101 to 250 attorneys 3.67% 4.32% 5.57%
251 to 500 attorneys 13.56% 14.20% 8.98%
501 or more attorneys 78.53% 75.0% 80.80%
Firm size unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Business and Industry

2.93% 3.80% 3.64%

Government

4.81% 6.33% 5.35%

Public Interest

11.72% 13.50% 11.56%

Judicial Clerkship*

5.86% 7.81% 9.21%
Federal 78.57% 72.97% 81.4%
State & Local 21.43% 27.03% 16.28%
Other 0.0% 0.0% 2.33%

Academia

0.42% 0.21% 1.07%

Military

0.21% 0.0% 0.0%

* This number reflects only those who take a clerkship immediately following graduation. In keeping with recent hiring preferences of judges, a substantial number of graduates work for one or more years before serving as clerks; approximately 20% of each class ultimately clerks, and some hold more than one clerkship.

GEOGRAPHIC DESTINATIONS OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014

Northeast
(CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)

0.84% 1.69% 2.36%

Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)

76.78% 74.89% 74.03%

East North Central
(IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)

0.42% 1.05% 1.93%

West North Central
(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND)

0.21% 0.42% 0.43%

South Atlantic
(DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)

8.37% 9.92% 7.3%

East South Central
(AL, KY, MS, TN)

0.42% 1.27% 0.43%

West South Central
(AR, LA, OK, TX)

1.67% 0.63% 1.07%

Mountain
(AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY)

1.26% 0.42% 1.29%

Pacific
(AK, CA, WA, HI, OR)

6.90% 8.44% 8.80%

International

3.14% 1.27% 2.36%

 

MOST POPULAR EMPLOYMENT DESTINATIONS
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014

New York

75.31% 72.57% 71.9%

California

6.28% 7.38% 7.71%

District of Columbia

6.49% 7.38% 4.07%

 

FULL-TIME SALARIES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES
  Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014

Total Employed Graduates

478 474 467
Salaries Reported 477
(99.79%)
469
(98.95%)
459
(98.29%)
25th Percentile $90,000 $63,747 $66,500
Median $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $146,688 $124,893 $126,633

Law Firm

Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Salaries Reported 354
(100%)
322
(99.38%)
322
(99.69%)
25th Percentile $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
Median $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $176,289 $155,981 $156,056

Judicial Clerk

Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Salaries Reported 28
(100%)
37
(100%)
43
(100%)
25th Percentile $53,028 $56,213 $55,000
Median $63,763 $63,722 $61,000
75th Percentile $66,940 $65,377 $65,000
Mean $61,434 $60,760 $59,794

Business & Industry

Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Salaries Reported 13
(92.86%)
15
(83.33%)
15
(88.24%)
25th Percentile $95,000 $40,000 $36,000
Median $120,000 $55,000 $100,000
75th Percentile $125,000 $100,000 $120,000
Mean $115,385 $70,833 $91,867

Government

Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Salaries Reported 24
(100%)
30
(100%)
25
(100%)
25th Percentile $54,609 $56,250 $36,000
Median $61,000 $62,750 $65,377
75th Percentile $66,125 $65,000 $70,000
Mean $59,248 $61,023 $57,519

Public Interest

Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Salaries Reported 56
(100%)
64
(100%)
50
(92.59%)
25th Percentile $40,000 $40,250 $34,500
Median $50,000 $49,000 $47,000
75th Percentile $58,000 $55,600 $56,000
Mean $50,426 $49,263 $46,023

Academia

Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014
Salaries Reported 2
(100%)
1
(100%)
4
(80%)
25th Percentile n/a n/a n/a
Median n/a n/a $47,920
75th Percentile n/a n/a n/a
Mean $49,000 $55,000 $46,585