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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 20192018,and 2017. 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 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017

TOTAL GRADUATES

484

458

484

Employed

469
(96.90%)
444
(96.94%)
474
(97.93%)
Bar admission required 452 433 457
JD preferred 15 10 17
Other Professional 2 0 0
Non-Professional 0 1 0

Pursuing Graduate Degree

7 1 2
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
0 0 0

Unemployed - not seeking

1 1 0

Unemployed - seeking

7 9 5

Employment Status Unknown

0 3 3

 

EMPLOYMENT FUNDING
  Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017

OF EMPLOYED - LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS

32 29 31

 

EMPLOYMENT TYPES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES **
  Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017

Law Firm

75.91% 77.03% 73.84%
Solo Practice 0.0% 0.0% 0.29%
2 to 10 attorneys 1.12% 0.88% 2.29%
11 to 25 attorneys 1.40% 1.46% 0.86%
26 to 50 attorneys 1.69% 1.17% 1.14%
51 to 100 attorneys 1.69% 1.46% 0.57%
101 to 250 attorneys 1.97% 2.92% 3.71%
251 to 500 attorneys 7.87% 8.19% 12.00%
501 or more attorneys 84.27% 83.92% 79.14%
Firm size unknown 0.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Business and Industry

1.49% 1.35% 2.11%

Government

4.26% 2.48% 4.01%

Public Interest

15.78% 13.74% 13.29%

Judicial Clerkship*

2.56% 5.18% 6.33%
Federal 83.33% 82.61% 96.67%
State & Local 16.67% 17.39% 0.0%
Other 0.0% 0.0% 3.33%

Academia

0.0% 0.23% 0.21%

Military

0.0% 0.0% 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 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017

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

2.77% 1.35% 2.95%

Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)

77.19% 78.60% 74.89%

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

1.49% 1.8% 1.05%

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

0.0% 0.23% 0.84%

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

7.25% 7.88% 8.02%

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

0.64% 0.45% 0.63%

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

1.28% 1.58% 1.48%

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

1.71% 0.0% 0.84%

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

5.54% 5.63% 7.81%

International

2.13% 2.47% 1.48%

 

MOST POPULAR EMPLOYMENT DESTINATIONS **
  Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017

New York

75.48% 75.68% 73.63%

California

4.69% 4.95% 6.50%

District of Columbia

4.90% 5.86% 5.91%

 

FULL-TIME SALARIES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES **
  Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017

Total Employed Graduates

469 444 474
Salaries Reported 469
(100%)
444
(100%)
474
(100%)
25th Percentile $83,000 $120,750 $72,000
Median $190,000 $190,000 $180,000
75th Percentile $190,000 $190,000 $180,000
Mean $154,163 $155,801 $145,278

Law Firm

Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Salaries Reported 356
(100%)
342
(100%)
350
(100%)
25th Percentile $190,000 $190,000 $180,000
Median $190,000 $190,000 $180,000
75th Percentile $190,000 $190,000 $180,000
Mean $184,179 $184,342 $173,631

Judicial Clerk

Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Salaries Reported 12
(100%)
23
(100%)
30
(100%)
25th Percentile $53,809 $60,000 $60,000
Median $65,656 $66,110 $62,000
75th Percentile $69,508 $70,000 $68,568
Mean $62,425 $63.579 $62,238

Business & Industry

Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Salaries Reported 7
(100%)
6
(100%)
10
(100%)
25th Percentile $40,000 $38,750 $97,500
Median $90,000 $78,000 $127,500
75th Percentile $135,000 $176,250 $196,250
Mean $91,429 $111,000 $154,500

Government

Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Salaries Reported 20
(100%)
11
(100%)
20
(100%)
25th Percentile $45,316 $57,267 $55,000
Median $61,708 $61,700 $60,000
75th Percentile $70,083 $67,224 $67,746
Mean $58,844 $61,990 $62,363

Public Interest

Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Salaries Reported 74
(100%)
61
(100%)
63
(100%)
25th Percentile $49,500 $42,000 $45,000
Median $58,416 $52,000 $52,000
75th Percentile $64,460 $61,000 $60,000
Mean $56,333 $53,125 $52,646

Academia

Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Salaries Reported 0
(n/a)
1
(100%)
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 $80,000 $115,000

* 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.