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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 three years.

ABA Employment Summary Reports

You can view official ABA employment summary reports for the classes of 20182017, and 2016. 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 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016

TOTAL GRADUATES

458

484

485

Employed

444
(96.94%)
474
(97.93%)
478
(98.56%)
Bar admission required 433 457 462
JD preferred 10 17 16
Other Professional 0 0 0
Non-Professional 1 0 0

Pursuing Graduate Degree

1 2 2
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
0 0 1

Unemployed - not seeking

1 0 1

Unemployed - seeking

9 5 2

Employment Status Unknown

3 3 1

 

EMPLOYMENT FUNDING
  Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016

OF EMPLOYED - LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS

29 31 31

 

EMPLOYMENT TYPES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES
  Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016

Law Firm

77.03% 73.84% 74.06%
Solo Practice 0.0% 0.29% 0.0%
2 to 10 attorneys 0.88% 2.29% 0.85%
11 to 25 attorneys 1.46% 0.86% 1.13%
26 to 50 attorneys 1.17% 1.14% 1.69%
51 to 100 attorneys 1.46% 0.57% 0.56%
101 to 250 attorneys 2.92% 3.71% 3.67%
251 to 500 attorneys 8.19% 12.00% 13.56%
501 or more attorneys 83.92% 79.14% 78.53%
Firm size unknown

0.0%

0.0% 0.0%

Business and Industry

1.35% 2.11% 2.93%

Government

2.48% 4.01% 4.81%

Public Interest

13.74% 13.29% 11.72%

Judicial Clerkship*

5.18% 6.33% 5.86%
Federal 82.61% 96.67% 78.57%
State & Local 17.39% 0.0% 21.43%
Other 0.0% 3.33% 0.0%

Academia

0.23% 0.21% 0.42%

Military

0.0% 0.21% 0.21%

* 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 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016

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

1.35% 2.95% 0.84%

Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)

78.60% 74.89% 76.78%

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

1.8% 1.05% 0.42%

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

0.23% 0.84% 0.21%

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

7.88% 8.02% 8.37%

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

0.45% 0.63% 0.42%

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

1.58% 1.48% 1.67%

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

0.0% 0.84% 1.26%

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

5.63% 7.81% 6.90%

International

2.47% 1.48% 3.14%

 

MOST POPULAR EMPLOYMENT DESTINATIONS
  Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016

New York

75.68% 73.63% 75.31%

California

4.95% 6.50% 6.28%

District of Columbia

5.86% 5.91% 6.49%

 

FULL-TIME SALARIES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES
  Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016

Total Employed Graduates

444 474 478
Salaries Reported 444
(100%)
474
(100%)
477
(99.79%)
25th Percentile $120,750 $72,000 $90,000
Median $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
75th Percentile $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
Mean $155,801 $145,278 $146,688

Law Firm

Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Salaries Reported 342
(100%)
350
(100%)
354
(100%)
25th Percentile $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
Median $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
75th Percentile $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
Mean $184,342 $173,631 $176,289

Judicial Clerk

Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Salaries Reported 23
(100%)
30
(100%)
28
(100%)
25th Percentile $60,000 $60,000 $53,028
Median $66,110 $62,000 $63,763
75th Percentile $70,000 $68,568 $66,940
Mean $63.579 $62,238 $61,434

Business & Industry

Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Salaries Reported 6
(100%)
10
(100%)
13
(92.86%)
25th Percentile $38,750 $97,500 $95,000
Median $78,000 $127,500 $120,000
75th Percentile $176,250 $196,250 $125,000
Mean $111,000 $154,500 $115,385

Government

  Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Salaries Reported 11
(100%)
20
(100%)
24
(100%)
25th Percentile $57,267 $55,000 $54,609
Median $61,700 $60,000 $61,000
75th Percentile $67,224 $67,746 $66,125
Mean $61,990 $62,363 $59,248

Public Interest

  Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Salaries Reported 61
(100%)
63
(100%)
56
(100%)
25th Percentile $42,000 $45,000 $40,000
Median $52,000 $52,000 $50,000
75th Percentile $61,000 $60,000 $58,000
Mean $53,125 $52,646 $50,426

Academia

  Class of 2017 Class of 2016
Salaries Reported 1
(100%)
1
(100%)
2
(100%)
25th Percentile n/a n/a n/a
Median n/a n/a n/a
75th Percentile n/a n/a n/a
Mean $80,000 $115,000 $49,000