»Employment Statistics

Fowler School of Law reports employment statistics of its graduates under the rules set down by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and the American Bar Association (ABA).

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  • Employment Type with Salary Breakdown
  • Employment Locations
  • These employment percentages include all types of employment: full-time, part-time, legal, non-legal, temporary and permanent.

    Employment Statistics for the Class of 2013 - Collected 9 Months After Graduation (Feb. 15, 2014)  
    Note: Only graduates who began the duties of their positions by 2/15/2014 were counted as employed per NALP requirements.  If a graduate accepted a job offer prior to 2/15/2014, but did not begin his/her duties by 2/15/2014, that graduate was not counted as employed.

    Total Number of Graduates: 186

    Salary Info

    # Full-Time Reporting Salary

    Average

    Minimum

    25th Percentile

    Median

    75th Percentile

    Maximum

    Total

    77 (41%)*

    $   72,262

    $   30,000 

    $   60.000

    $   66,000 

    $   75,000

     $   160,000

     *Percentage above based on total number of graduates: 186

    Employment Type
    with Salary Breakdown
     

    Percentages are based on total
    of employed graduates in
    the Class of 2013: 123

    TOTAL

    FULL-TIME

    PART-TIME

    Unknown

    # Full-Time
    Reporting
    Salary

    FULL-TIME SALARIES
    by percentile

    #

    %

    Long-
    Term

    Short-
    Term

    Long-
    Term

    Short-
    Term

    25th

    50th

    75th

    All Law Firms

    73

    59%

    57

    1

    10

    5

    0

    47 (38%)

    $   60,000

    $   65,000

    $   80,000

            Law Firms - Solo Practice

    8

    7%

    5

    0

    3

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

        Law Firms - 2-10 Attorneys

    41

    33%

    28

    1

    7

    5

    0

    23 (19%)

    $   51,000

    $   60,000

    $   65,000

        Law Firms - 11-25 Attorneys

    8

    7%

    8

    0

    0

    0

    0

    7 (6%)

    $   72,500

    $   75,000

    $   85,000

            Law Firms - 26-50 Attorneys

    5

    4%

    5

    0

    0

    0

    0

    5 (4%)

    $   60,000

    $   64,000

    $   75,000

            Law Firms - 51-100 Attorneys

    1

    1%

    1

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1* (1%)

    -

    -

    -

            Law Firms - 101-250 Attorneys

    6

    5%

    6

    0

    0

    0

    0

    6 (5%)

    $   80,000

    $   82,500

    $   96,250

            Law Firms - 251-500 Attorneys

    1

    1%

    1

    0

    0

    0

    0

    1* (1%)

    - - -

            Law Firms - 501+ Attorneys

    3

    2%

    3

    0

    0

    0

    0

    3* (2%)

    - - -

            Law Firms - Unknown Size

    0

    0%

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    Business & Industry

    38

    31%

    26

    2

    9

    1

    0

    24 (20%)

    $   64,350

    $   68,070

    $   75,750

    Government

    8

    7%

    4

    2

    1

    1

    0

    6 (5%)

    $   53,750

    $   66,000

    $   69,025

    Public Interest
    (Including Public Defender) 

    1

    1%

    0

    1

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    Judicial Clerkships

    2

    2%

    2

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2* (2%)

    - - -

            Federal Judicial Clerkships

    2

    2%

    2

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2* (2%)

    - - -

            State & Local Judicial Clerkships

    0

    0%

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

            Other Types of Judicial Clerkships

    0

    0%

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    Academia
    (Includes law-school funded
    positions. See below.)

    1

    1%

    0

    0

    1

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    Employer Type Unknown

    0

    0%

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    Total Employed

    123

    100%**

     89

    6

    21

    7

     0

    77 (63%)

    $  60,000

    $   66,000

    $  75,000

     

    Employment Status
    with Salary Breakdown

    Percentages based on total number
    of graduates in the Class of 2013: 186 

    TOTAL

    FULL-TIME

    PART-TIME

     

    # Full Time
    Reporting
    Salary

    FULL-TIME SALARIES
    by percentile

    #

    %

    Long-
    Term

    Short-
    Term

    Long-
    Term

    Short-
    Term

    Unknown

    25th

    50th

    75th

    Employed - Bar Passage Required

    89

    48%

    71

    5

    10

    3

    0

    63 (34%)

    $   60,000

    $   68,640

    $   80,000

    Employed - JD Advantage

    20

    11%

    14

    1

    3

    2

    0

    12 (6%)

    $   46,860

    $   65,000

    $   69,000

    Employed - Professional Position

    8

    4%

    3

    0

    4

    1

    0

    2* (1%)

    - - -

    Employed - Non-Professional Position

    6

    3%

    1

    0

    4

    1

    0

    0

    - - -

    Employed - Category Undeterminable

    0

    0%

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    Pursuing Graduate Degree Full-Time

    5

    4%

                     

    Unemployed - Start Date Deferred

    6

    3%

                     

    Unemployed - Not Seeking

    21

    11%

                     

    Unemployed - Seeking

    30

    16%

                     

    Employment Status Unknown

    1

    1%

                     

    Total Graduates

    186

    100%

     89

    6

     21

    7

     0

     77 (41%)

    $   60,000

     $   66,000

     $   75,000

    Law School/University-Funded Position

     

       

     

     

     

     

       

    Of Employed - Law School/
    University-Funded Short-Term

    0

    0%

     

     

     

     

     

     

         

    *When fewer than five full-time salaries are reported in a single category, we do not provide the salary distribution for that category to protect the privacy of the graduates.
    **Fractions are rounded up or down to the nearest whole number.

    Statistics shown above for the Class of 2013 were last updated and corrected as of June 10, 2014.  Note: If a graduate is a non-attorney working for a solo practitioner, that graduate is counted in the “2-10 attorney” law firm category per NALP requirements.

  • Class of 2013:

    These percentages are rounded up or down to the nearest whole number.

    Class of 2013 Employment Locations

    Pacific: 94%
    Mountain: 2%
    North West Central: 0%
    North East Central: 0%
    South West Central: 0%
    South East Central: 0%
    South Atlantic: 2%
    Middle Atlantic: less than 2%
    New England: less than 0%

    ABA Required Employment Disclosure:

    Employment Summary Reports for Classes of 2013, 2012, 2011




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