Career Services

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 20212020, and 2019. 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 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019

TOTAL GRADUATES

466 476 484

Employed

457
(98.07%)
460
(96.64%)
469
(96.90%)
Bar Passage Required 442 444 452
J.D. Advantage 15 16 15
Professional Position 0 0 2
Other Position 0 0 0

Enrolled in Graduate Studies

3 0 7

Employed - Start Date Deferred

0 1 0

Unemployed - not seeking

0 2 1

Unemployed - seeking

4 13 7

Employment Status Unknown

2 1 0

 

EMPLOYMENT FUNDING
  Class of 2021 Class of 2010 Class of 2019

OF EMPLOYED - LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS

21 29 32

 

EMPLOYMENT TYPES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES **
  Class of 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019

Law Firm

70.68% 68.26% 75.91%
Solo Practice 0.31% 0% 0.0%
2 to 10 attorneys 0.93% 3.18% 1.12%
11 to 25 attorneys 0.93% 1.91% 1.40%
26 to 50 attorneys 2.17% 1.59% 1.69%
51 to 100 attorneys 0.62% 1.59% 1.69%
101 to 250 attorneys 2.79% 3.18% 1.97%
251 to 500 attorneys 14.55% 9.87% 7.87%
501 or more attorneys 77.71% 78.66% 84.27%
Firm size unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Business and Industry

1.97% 2.39% 1.49%

Government

3.94% 4.57% 4.26%

Public Interest

17.72% 20.43% 15.78%

Judicial Clerkship*

5.47% 4.35% 2.56%
Federal 72.0% 80.0% 83.33%
State & Local 28.0% 20.0% 16.67%
Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Academia

0.22% 0.0% 0.0%

Military

0.0% 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 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019

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

1.09% 1.52% 2.77%

Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)

73.30% 73.04% 77.19%

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

1.31% 1.09% 1.49%

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

0.22% 0.87% 0.0%

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

10.72% 9.35% 7.25%

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

0.88% 1.09% 0.64%

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

1.31% 1.52% 1.28%

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

1.75% 0.65% 1.71%

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

8.10% 8.91% 5.54%

International

1.31% 1.96% 2.13%

 

MOST POPULAR EMPLOYMENT DESTINATIONS **
  Class of 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019

New York

71.55% 70.15% 75.48%

California

5.91% 7.63% 4.69%

District of Columbia

7.00% 5.23% 4.90%

 

FULL-TIME SALARIES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES **
  Class of 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019

Total Employed Graduates

457 460 469
Salaries Reported 457
(100%)
460
(100%)
469
(100%)
25th Percentile $76,648 $71,000 $83,000
Median $215,000 $190,000 $190,000
75th Percentile $215,000 $190,000 $190,000
Mean $169,206 $143,808 $154,163

Law Firm

Class of 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019
Salaries Reported

323
(100%)

314
(100%)
356
(100%)
25th Percentile $215,000 $190,000 $190,000
Median $215,000 $190,000 $190,000
75th Percentile $215,000 $190,000 $190,000
Mean $209,496 $180,877 $184,179

Judicial Clerk

Class of 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019
Salaries Reported 25
(100%)
20
(100%)
12
(100%)
25th Percentile $64,825 $66,277.25 $53,809
Median $71,616 $69,927 $65,656
75th Percentile $75,406 $72,756.75 $69,508
Mean $69,693 $68,738 $62,425

Business & Industry

Class of 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019
Salaries Reported 9
(100%)
11
(100%)
7
(100%)
25th Percentile $140,000 $55,000 $40,000
Median $175,000 $90,000 $90,000
75th Percentile $180,000 $131,500 $135,000
Mean $160,944 $87,091 $91,429

Government

Class of 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019
Salaries Reported 18
(100%)
21
(100%)
20
(100%)
25th Percentile $66,750 $60,000 $45,316
Median $71,000 $62,000 $61,708
75th Percentile $74,402 $74,702 $70,083
Mean $76,227 $62,507 $58,844

Public Interest

Class of 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019
Salaries Reported 81
(100%)
94
(100%)
74
(100%)
25th Percentile $50,000 $52,000 $49,500
Median $64,000 $62,365 $58,416
75th Percentile $71,000 $70,000 $64,460
Mean $62,063 $60,751 $56,333

Academia

Class of 2021 Class of 2020 Class of 2019
Salaries Reported 1
(100%)
0
(n/a)
0
(n/a)
25th Percentile n/a n/a n/a
Median n/a n/a n/a
75th Percentile n/a n/a n/a
Mean $70,000 n/a n/a

* Percentages were calculated using the number of graduates for the indicated year as the numerator and the number of employed graduates as the denominator.

** Percentages were calculated using the number of employed graduates as the numerator and the number of graduates in each subcategory as the denominator.