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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) nine 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 20152014, and 2013. You may also view the most recent summary report prepared by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).

EMPLOYMENT OF NYU LAW GRADUATES 9 MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013

TOTAL GRADUATES

485 479 537

Employed

474
(97.7%)
467
(97.5%)
514
(95.7%)
Bar admission required 458 449 505
JD preferred 15 15 9
Other Professional 0 3 0
Non-Professional 1 0 0

Pursuing Graduate Degree

3 3 6

Unemployed - not seeking

2 1 3

Unemployed - seeking

4 5 9

Employment Status Unknown

2 3 5

 

EMPLOYMENT FUNDING
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013

OF EMPLOYED - LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS

33 39 42

 

EMPLOYMENT TYPES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013

Law Firm

68.35% 69.16% 65.76%
Solo Practice 0.0% 0.0% 0.59%
2 to 10 attorneys 0.93% 1.86% 3.25%
11 to 25 attorneys 1.85% 1.24% 1.48%
26 to 50 attorneys 0.62% 0.62% 0.89%
51 to 100 attorneys 3.09% 0.93% 1.18%
101 to 250 attorneys 4.32% 5.57% 3.25%
251 to 500 attorneys 14.20% 8.98% 10.06%
501 or more attorneys 75.0% 80.80% 79.29%
Firm size unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Business and Industry

3.80% 3.64% 2.14%

Government

6.33% 5.35% 7.59%

Public Interest

13.50% 11.56% 12.06%

Judicial Clerkship*

7.81% 9.21% 11.87%
Federal 72.97% 81.4% 77.05%
State & Local 27.03% 16.28% 22.95%
Other 0.0% 2.33% 0.0%

Academia

0.21% 1.07% 0.39%

Military

0.0% 0.0% 0.19%

* 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 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013

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

1.69% 2.36% 3.31%

Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)

74.89% 74.03% 69.65%

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

1.05% 1.93% 2.14%

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

0.42% 0.43% 0.19%

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

9.92% 7.3% 9.14%

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

1.27% 0.43% 0.58%

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

0.63% 1.07% 2.72%

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

0.42% 1.29% 1.56%

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

8.44% 8.80% 8.95%

International

1.27% 2.36% 1.75%

 

MOST POPULAR EMPLOYMENT DESTINATIONS
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013

New York

72.57% 71.9% 66.34%

California

7.38% 7.71% 7.78%

District of Columbia

7.38% 4.07% 5.06%

 

FULL-TIME SALARIES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013

Total Employed Graduates

474 467 514
Salaries Reported 469
(98.95%)
459
(98.29%)
504
(98.05%)
25th Percentile $63,747 $66,500 $64,390
Median $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $124,893 $126,633 $120,983

Law Firm

Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Salaries Reported 322
(99.38%)
322
(99.69%)
337
(99.70%)
25th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Median $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $155,981 $156,056 $154,325

Judicial Clerk

Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Salaries Reported 37
(100%)
43
(100%)
61
(100%)
25th Percentile $56,213 $55,000 $57,408
Median $63,722 $61,000 $62,467
75th Percentile $65,377 $65,000 $64,729
Mean $60,760 $59,794 $60,661

Business & Industry

Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Salaries Reported 15
(83.33%)
15
(88.24%)
6
(54.55%)
25th Percentile $40,000 $36,000 $51,500
Median $55,000 $100,000 $86,250
75th Percentile $100,000 $120,000 $102,500
Mean $70,833 $91,867 $80,750

Government

Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Salaries Reported 30
(100%)
25
(100%)
37
(94.87%)
25th Percentile $56,250 $36,000 $24,000
Median $62,750 $65,377 $63,000
75th Percentile $65,000 $70,000 $70,000
Mean $61,023 $57,519 $54,426

Public Interest

Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Salaries Reported 64
(100%)
50
(92.59%)
60
(96.77%)
25th Percentile $40,250 $34,500 $25,500
Median $49,000 $47,000 $46,000
75th Percentile $55,600 $56,000 $54,871
Mean $49,263 $46,023 $44,350

Academia

Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Salaries Reported 1
(100%)
4
(80%)
2
(100%)
25th Percentile n/a n/a n/a
Median n/a $47,920 n/a
75th Percentile n/a n/a n/a
Mean $55,000 $46,585 $37,000