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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 20142013 and 2012. 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 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012

TOTAL GRADUATES

479 537 482

Employed

467
(97.5%)
514
(95.7%)
467
(96.9%)
Bar admission required 449 505 440
JD preferred 15 9 23
Other Professional 3 0 3
Non-Professional 0 0 1

Pursuing Graduate Degree

3 6 7

Unemployed - not seeking

1 3 4

Unemployed - seeking

5 9 4

Employment Status Unknown

3 5 0

 

EMPLOYMENT FUNDING
  Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012

OF EMPLOYED - LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS

39 42 62

 

EMPLOYMENT TYPES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES
  Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012

Law Firm

69.16% 65.76% 63.81%
Solo Practice 0 0.59% 0.0%
2 to 10 attorneys 1.86% 3.25% 2.01%
11 to 25 attorneys 1.24% 1.48% 1.34%
26 to 50 attorneys 0.62% 0.89% 0.0%
51 to 100 attorneys 0.93% 1.18% 0.34%
101 to 250 attorneys 5.57% 3.25% 7.05%
251 to 500 attorneys 8.98% 10.06% 10.74%
501 or more attorneys 80.80% 79.29% 78.52%
Firm size unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Business and Industry

3.64% 2.14% 5.14%

Government

5.35% 7.59% 7.49%

Public Interest

11.56% 12.06% 14.78%

Judicial Clerkship*

9.21% 11.87% 7.92%
Federal 81.4% 77.05% 72.97%
State & Local 16.28% 22.95% 27.03%
Other 2.33% 0.0% 0.0%

Academia

1.07% 0.39% 0.86%

Military

0.0% 0.19% 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 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012

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

2.36% 3.31% 2.57%

Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)

74.03% 69.65% 66.60%

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

1.93% 2.14% 2.57%

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

0.43% 0.19% 0.21%

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

7.3% 9.14% 11.53%

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

0.43% 0.58% 0.43%

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

1.07% 2.72% 2.78%

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

1.29% 1.56% 0.43%

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

8.80% 8.95% 11.35%

International

2.36% 1.75% 1.71%

 

MOST POPULAR EMPLOYMENT DESTINATIONS
  Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012

New York

71.9% 66.34% 63.38%

California

7.71% 7.78% 10.70%

District of Columbia

4.07% 5.06% 7.92%

 

FULL-TIME SALARIES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES
  Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012

Total Employed Graduates

467 514 467
Salaries Reported 459
(98.29%)
504
(98.05%)
460
(98.50%)
25th Percentile $66,500 $64,390 $60,000
Median $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $126,633 $120,983 $120,354

Law Firm

Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Salaries Reported 322
(99.69%)
337
(99.70%)
297
(99.66%)
25th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Median $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $156,056 $154,325 $155,985

Judicial Clerk

Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Salaries Reported 43
(100%)
61
(100%)
37
(100%)
25th Percentile $55,000 $57,408 $56,000
Median $61,000 $62,467 $60,000
75th Percentile $65,000 $64,729 $63,865
Mean $59,794 $60,661 $59,494

Business & Industry

Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Salaries Reported 15
(88.24%)
6
(54.55%)
18
(75.00%)
25th Percentile $36,000 $51,500 $77,500
Median $100,000 $86,250 $100,000
75th Percentile $120,000 $102,500 $124,413
Mean $91,867 $80,750 $133,425

Government

Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Salaries Reported 25
(100%)
37
(94.87%)
35
(100%)
25th Percentile $36,000 $24,000 $24,000
Median $65,377 $63,000 $60,000
75th Percentile $70,000 $70,000 $62,467
Mean $57,519 $54,426 $47,028

Public Interest

Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Salaries Reported 50
(92.59%)
60
(96.77%)
69
(100%)
25th Percentile $34,500 $25,500 $24,000
Median $47,000 $46,000 $40,000
75th Percentile $56,000 $54,871 $53,000
Mean $46,023 $44,350 $38,525

Academia

Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Salaries Reported 4
(80%)
2
(100%)
4
(100%)
25th Percentile n/a n/a n/a
Median $47,920 n/a $32,000
75th Percentile n/a n/a n/a
Mean $46,585 $37,000 $32,000