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 20202019, and 2018. You may also view the most recent summary report prepared by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).

Information on employment outcomes for the Class of 2020 may not reflect a particular law school’s typical results in this area. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bar admission exams were canceled or delayed in many jurisdictions, thus making it more challenging for graduates to secure employment by the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or on the ABA Required Disclosures website.

EMPLOYMENT OF NYU LAW GRADUATES 10 MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION *
  Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018

TOTAL GRADUATES

476 484

458

Employed

460
(96.64%)
469
(96.90%)
444
(96.94%)
Bar admission required 444 452 433
JD preferred 16 15 10
Other Professional 0 2 0
Non-Professional 0 0 1

Pursuing Graduate Degree

0 7 1
Employed - Start Date Deferred
1 0 0

Unemployed - not seeking

2 1 1

Unemployed - seeking

13 7 9

Employment Status Unknown

1 0 3

 

EMPLOYMENT FUNDING
  Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018

OF EMPLOYED - LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS

29 32 29

 

EMPLOYMENT TYPES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES **
  Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018

Law Firm

68.26% 75.91% 77.03%
Solo Practice 0% 0.0% 0.0%
2 to 10 attorneys 3.18% 1.12% 0.88%
11 to 25 attorneys 1.91% 1.40% 1.46%
26 to 50 attorneys 1.59% 1.69% 1.17%
51 to 100 attorneys 1.59% 1.69% 1.46%
101 to 250 attorneys 3.18% 1.97% 2.92%
251 to 500 attorneys 9.87% 7.87% 8.19%
501 or more attorneys 78.66% 84.27% 83.92%
Firm size unknown 0.0% 0.0%

0.0%

Business and Industry

2.39% 1.49% 1.35%

Government

4.57% 4.26% 2.48%

Public Interest

20.43% 15.78% 13.74%

Judicial Clerkship*

4.35% 2.56% 5.18%
Federal 80.0% 83.33% 82.61%
State & Local 20.0% 16.67% 17.39%
Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Academia

0.0% 0.0% 0.23%

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 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018

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

1.52% 2.77% 1.35%

Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)

73.26% 77.19% 78.60%

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

1.09% 1.49% 1.8%

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

0.87% 0.0% 0.23%

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

9.35% 7.25% 7.88%

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

1.09% 0.64% 0.45%

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

1.52% 1.28% 1.58%

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

0.65% 1.71% 0.0%

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

8.70% 5.54% 5.63%

International

1.96% 2.13% 2.47%

 

MOST POPULAR EMPLOYMENT DESTINATIONS **
  Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018

New York

89.97% 75.48% 75.68%

California

7.40% 4.69% 4.95%

District of Columbia

5.23% 4.90% 5.86%

 

FULL-TIME SALARIES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES **
  Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018

Total Employed Graduates

460 469 444
Salaries Reported 460
(100%)
469
(100%)
444
(100%)
25th Percentile $71,000 $83,000 $120,750
Median $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
75th Percentile $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
Mean $143,808 $154,163 $155,801

Law Firm

Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018
Salaries Reported 314
(100%)
356
(100%)
342
(100%)
25th Percentile $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
Median $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
75th Percentile $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
Mean $180,877 $184,179 $184,342

Judicial Clerk

Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018
Salaries Reported 20
(100%)
12
(100%)
23
(100%)
25th Percentile $66,277.25 $53,809 $60,000
Median $69,927 $65,656 $66,110
75th Percentile $72,756.75 $69,508 $70,000
Mean $68,738 $62,425 $63.579

Business & Industry

Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018
Salaries Reported 11
(100%)
7
(100%)
6
(100%)
25th Percentile $55,000 $40,000 $38,750
Median $90,000 $90,000 $78,000
75th Percentile $131,500 $135,000 $176,250
Mean $87,091 $91,429 $111,000

Government

Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018
Salaries Reported 21
(100%)
20
(100%)
11
(100%)
25th Percentile $60,000 $45,316 $57,267
Median $62,000 $61,708 $61,700
75th Percentile $74,702 $70,083 $67,224
Mean $62,507 $58,844 $61,990

Public Interest

Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018
Salaries Reported 94
(100%)
74
(100%)
61
(100%)
25th Percentile $52,000 $49,500 $42,000
Median $62,365 $58,416 $52,000
75th Percentile $70,000 $64,460 $61,000
Mean $60,751 $56,333 $53,125

Academia

Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018
Salaries Reported 0
(n/a)
0
(n/a)
1
(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 n/a n/a $80,000

* 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.