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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 2017 - Collected 10 Months After Graduation (March 15, 2018)  
    Note: Only graduates who began the duties of their positions by 3/15/2018 were counted as employed per NALP requirements.  If a graduate accepted a job offer before 3/15/2018, but did not begin his/her duties by 3/15/2018, that graduate was not counted as employed.

    Total Number of Graduates: 148

    Salary Info

    # Full-Time Employed Reporting Salary

    Average

    Minimum

    25th Percentile

    Median

    75th Percentile

    Maximum

    Total

    75

    $   75,294

    $   28,080

    $   60,250

    $ 72,500

    $   84,250

     $   206,000

     

    Employment Type
    with Salary Breakdown
     

    Percentages are based on total
    of employed graduates in
    the Class of 2017: 115

    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

    79

    69%

    76

    0

    3

    0

    0

    54 (47%)

    $66,250

    $72,750

    $85,000

    Law Firms - Solo Practice

    0

    0%

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    Law Firms - 1-10 Attorneys

    46

    40%

    43

    0

    3

    0

    0

    29 (25%)

    $55,000

    $70,000

    $75,000

    Law Firms - 11-25 Attorneys

    14

    12%

    14

    0

    0

    0

    0

    10 (9%)

    $70,000

    $75,000

    $80,000

    Law Firms - 26-50 Attorneys

    4

    3%

    4

    0

    0

    0

    0

    4* (3%)

    -

    -

    -

    Law Firms - 51-100 Attorneys

    7

    6%

    7

    0

    0

    0

    0

    6* (5%)

    -

    -

    -

    Law Firms - 101-250 Attorneys

    6

    5%

    6

    0

    0

    0

    0

    4* (3%)

    -

    -

    -

    Law Firms - 251-500 Attorneys

    0

    0%

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    Law Firms - 501+ Attorneys

    2

    2%

    2

    0

    0

    0

    0

    2* (2%)

    - - -

    Law Firms - Unknown Size

    0

    0%

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    Business & Industry

    19

    17%

    16

    0

    3

    0

    0

    11 (10%)

    $75,750

    $78,500

    $97,500

    Government

    12

    10%

    7

    3

    2

    0

    0

    8 (7%)

    $50,750

    $54,800

    $60,625

    Public Interest

    4

    3%

    2

    0

    2

    0

    0

    2* (2%)
    - - -

    Judicial Clerkships

    0

    0%

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    Federal Judicial Clerkships

    0

    0%

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    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

    0

    1

    0

    0

    - - -

    Employer Type Unknown

    0

    0%

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    Total Employed

    115

    100%**

     102

    3

    10

    1

     0

    75 (65%)

    $60,250

    $72,500

    $84,250

     

    Employment Status
    with Salary Breakdown

    Percentages based on total number
    of graduates in the Class of 2017: 148

    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

    86

    58%

    81

    2

    3

    0

    0

    60 (41%)

    $62,875

    $72,000

    $85,000

    Employed - JD Advantage

    23

    16%

    20

    1

    2

    0

    0

    13 (9%)

    $61,875

    $78,000

    $87,500

    Employed - Professional Position

    3

    2%

    0

    0

    2

    1

    0

    0

    - - -

    Employed - Non-Professional Position

    3

    2%

    0

    0

    3

    0

    0

    2* (1%)

    - - -

    Employed - Category Undeterminable

    0

    0%

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    0

    - - -

    Pursuing Graduate Degree Full-Time

    3

    2%

                     

    Unemployed - Start Date Deferred

    1

    1%

                     

    Unemployed - Not Seeking

    4

    3%

                     

    Unemployed - Seeking

    25

    17%

                     

    Employment Status Unknown

    0

    0%

                     

    Total Graduates

    148

    100%**

     101

    3

    10

    1

     0

    75 (51%)

    $60,250

     $72,500

     $84,250

    Law School/University-Funded Position

     

       

     

     

     

     

       

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

    1

    1%

     0

     0

    0

     0

     1

     0

     -  -  -

    *When five or fewer 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 2017 were last updated and corrected as of April 4, 2018.  

  • Class of 2017:

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

    Pacific: 97%
    Mountain: 1%
    North West Central: 0%
    North East Central: 0%
    South West Central: 0%
    South East Central: 0%
    South Atlantic: 0%
    Middle Atlantic: 1%
    New England: 0%
    U.S. Territory: 1%
    International: 1%

ABA Required Employment Disclosure:

Employment Summary Reports for Classes of 2017, 2016, 2015



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