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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 J.D. 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 20132012, 2011, and 2010. 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 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010

TOTAL GRADUATES

537 482 466 497

Employed

514
(95.7%)
 467
(96.9%)
446
(95.7%)
480
(96.6%)
Bar admission required 505 440  424 456
JD preferred 9  23 17 22
Other Professional 0  3 4 2
Non-Professional 0  1 0 0

Pursuing Graduate Degree

6  7 4 6

Unemployed - not seeking

3  4 4 9

Unemployed - seeking

9  4 10 2

Employment Status Unknown

5  0 2 0

 

EMPLOYMENT FUNDING
  Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010

OF EMPLOYED - LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS
(read about these positions below) 

42  62 57 22

NYU Law's commitment to funding public service employment

Since 1993, the Law School has provided some graduates with launch grants for pursuit of public service employment. Launch grant recipients perform full-time legal work, acquiring valuable training and developing a strong professional network. The grants are typically three to six months in duration, though we have made year-long funding available following the recent economic crisis. In the vast majority of cases, the grants have led to permanent legal employment, in many cases with the same organization at which the launch grant work was performed.

The launch grants further NYU Law's longstanding commitment to public service. They are in addition to named fellowships (also included in the chart above) that support work with public service organizations—positions that lead to fulltime jobs at the fellowship organization or with other employers. Additionally, we guarantee funding for all first- and second-year students who work during the summer in approved public service internships. During the summer of 2013 that funding encompassed 436 students working in the U.S. and 28 other countries. NYU Law graduates enjoy continued support for public service employment through the Law School's pioneering Loan Repayment Assistance Program, instituted in 1984. J.D. graduates working in public service positions for 10 years and earning under $80,000 per year may qualify to have all of their eligible federal law school loans forgiven.

 

EMPLOYMENT TYPES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES 
  Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010

Law Firm

65.76%  63.81% 53.81% 61.7%
Solo Practice 0.59%  0.0% 0.42% 0.0%
2 to 10 attorneys 3.25%  2.01% 6.67% 2.7%
11 to 25 attorneys 1.48%  1.34% 4.17% 1.7%
26 to 50 attorneys 0.89%  0.0% 3.33% 0.0%
51 to 100 attorneys 1.18%  0.34% 1.67% 0.7%
101 to 250 attorneys 3.25%  7.05% 2.92% 3.7%
251 to 500 attorneys 10.06%  10.74% 10.83% 10.1%
501 or more attorneys 79.29%  78.52% 70% 81.1%
Firm size unknown 0.0%  0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Business and Industry

2.14%  5.14% 4.93% 2.9%

Government

7.59%  7.49% 7.85% 6.7%

Public Interest

12.06%  14.78% 18.16% 14.2%

Judicial Clerkship*

11.87%  7.92% 14.35% 13.1%
Federal 77.05%  72.97% 79.37% 79.4%
State & Local 22.95%  27.03% 19.05% 19.0%
Other 0.0%  0.0% 1.59% 1.6%

Academia

0.39%  0.86% 0.22% 0.6%

Military

0.19% 0.0% 0.45% 0.8%

* 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 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010

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

3.31% 2.57% 2.02% 2.5%

Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)

69.65% 66.60% 67.87% 69.1%

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

2.14% 2.57% 1.12% 2.5%

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

0.19% 0.21% 0.67% 0.0%

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

9.14% 11.53% 7.87% 9.4%

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

0.58% 0.43% 2.47% 0.8%

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

2.72% 2.78% 2.25% 1.7%

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

1.56% 0.43% 0.90% 1.0%

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

8.95% 11.35% 11.91% 10.6%

International

1.75% 1.71% 2.92% 2.3%

 

MOST POPULAR EMPLOYMENT DESTINATIONS
  Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010

New York

66.34%  63.38% 62.56% 64.0%

California

7.78%  10.70% 9.87% 9.0%

District of Columbia

5.06%  7.92% 4.26% 5.8%

 

FULL-TIME SALARIES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES
  Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010

Total Employed Graduates

514  467 446 480
Salaries Reported 504
(98.05%)
 460
(98.50%)
387
(86.77%)
403
(83.96%)
25th Percentile $64,390  $60,000 $55,000 $67,963
Median $160,000  $160,000 $145,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000  $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $120,983  $120,354 $108,003 $129,500

Law Firm

Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Salaries Reported 337
(99.70%)
 297
(99.66%)
218
(90.83%)
291
(96.68%)
25th Percentile $160,000  $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Median $160,000  $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $160,000  $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $154,325  $155,985 $153,119 $156,062

Judicial Clerk

Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Salaries Reported 61
(100%)
 37
(100%)
64
(100%)
62
(98.41%)
25th Percentile $57,408  $56,000 $57,000 $56,656
Median $62,467  $60,000 $60,000 $60,000
75th Percentile $64,729  $63,865 $64,729 $64,387
Mean $60,661  $59,494 $59,025 $59,541

Business & Industry

Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Salaries Reported 6
(54.55%)
 18
(75.00%)
11
(50.00%)
4
(28.57%)
25th Percentile $51,500  $77,500 $160,000 $160,000
Median $86,250  $100,000 $160,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $102,500  $124,413 $160,000 $160,000
Mean $80,750  $133,425 $153,119 $156,062

Government

Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Salaries Reported 37
(94.87%)
 35
(100%)
28
(75.57%)
19
(59.38%)
25th Percentile $24,000  $24,000 $24,000 $60,000
Median $63,000  $60,000 $33,000 $62,000
75th Percentile $70,000  $62,467 $62,500 $65,000
Mean $54,426  $47,028 $45,488 $63,208

Public Interest

Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Salaries Reported 60
(96.77%)
 69
(100%)
65
(80.25%)
23
(33.82%)
25th Percentile $25,500  $24,000 $24,000 $40,000
Median $46,000  $40,000 $43,000 $48,000
75th Percentile $54,871  $53,000 $52,390 $54,000
Mean $44,350  $38,525 $38,519 $49,093

Academia

Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Salaries Reported 2
(100%)
 4
(100%)
1
(100%)
1
(33.33%)
25th Percentile n/a  n/a n/a n/a
Median n/a  $32,000 n/a n/a
75th Percentile n/a  n/a n/a n/a
Mean $37,000  $32,000 $54,000 $60,000

 

FIRST NON-CLERKSHIP EMPLOYMENT OF ALL GRADUATES
  Class of 2010 Class of 2009 Class of 2008 Class of 2007

Law Firm

69.9% 79.0% 79.4% 82.5%

Public Interest

16.7% 12.4% 13.1% 11.9%

Government

9.7% 5.0% 4.0% 3.1%

Business and Industry

3.0% 2.2% 2.4% 1.9%

Academia

0.7% 1.4% 1.1% 0.6%

 

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