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 20172016, and 2015. 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 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015

TOTAL GRADUATES

484

485 485

Employed

474
(97.93%)
478
(98.56%)
474
(97.73%)
Bar admission required 457 462 458
JD preferred 17 16 15
Other Professional 0 0 0
Non-Professional 0 0 1

Pursuing Graduate Degree

2 2 3
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
0 1 0

Unemployed - not seeking

0 1 2

Unemployed - seeking

5 2 4

Employment Status Unknown

3 1 2

 

EMPLOYMENT FUNDING
  Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015

OF EMPLOYED - LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS

31 31 33

 

EMPLOYMENT TYPES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES
  Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015

Law Firm

73.84% 74.06% 68.35%
Solo Practice 0.29% 0.0% 0.0%
2 to 10 attorneys 2.29% 0.85% 0.93%
11 to 25 attorneys 0.86% 1.13% 1.85%
26 to 50 attorneys 1.14% 1.69% 0.62%
51 to 100 attorneys 0.57% 0.56% 3.09%
101 to 250 attorneys 3.71% 3.67% 4.32%
251 to 500 attorneys 12.00% 13.56% 14.20%
501 or more attorneys 79.14% 78.53% 75.0%
Firm size unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Business and Industry

2.11% 2.93% 3.80%

Government

4.01% 4.81% 6.33%

Public Interest

13.29% 11.72% 13.50%

Judicial Clerkship*

6.33% 5.86% 7.81%
Federal 96.67% 78.57% 72.97%
State & Local 0.0% 21.43% 27.03%
Other 3.33% 0.0% 0.0%

Academia

0.21% 0.42% 0.21%

Military

0.21% 0.21% 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 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015

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

2.95% 0.84% 1.69%

Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)

74.89% 76.78% 74.89%

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

1.05% 0.42% 1.05%

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

0.84% 0.21% 0.42%

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

8.02% 8.37% 9.92%

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

0.63% 0.42% 1.27%

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

1.48% 1.67% 0.63%

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

0.84% 1.26% 0.42%

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

7.81% 6.90% 8.44%

International

1.48% 3.14% 1.27%

 

MOST POPULAR EMPLOYMENT DESTINATIONS
  Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015

New York

73.63% 75.31% 72.57%

California

6.50% 6.28% 7.38%

District of Columbia

5.91% 6.49% 7.38%

 

FULL-TIME SALARIES OF EMPLOYED GRADUATES
  Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015

Total Employed Graduates

474 478 474
Salaries Reported 474
(100%)
477
(99.79%)
469
(98.95%)
25th Percentile $72,000 $90,000 $63,747
Median $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
Mean $145,278 $146,688 $124,893

Law Firm

Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Salaries Reported 350
(100%)
354
(100%)
322
(99.38%)
25th Percentile $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
Median $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
75th Percentile $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
Mean $173,631 $176,289 $155,981

Judicial Clerk

Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Salaries Reported 30
(100%)
28
(100%)
37
(100%)
25th Percentile $60,000 $53,028 $56,213
Median $62,000 $63,763 $63,722
75th Percentile $68,568 $66,940 $65,377
Mean $62,238 $61,434 $60,760

Business & Industry

Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Salaries Reported 10
(100%)
13
(92.86%)
15
(83.33%)
25th Percentile $97,500 $95,000 $40,000
Median $127,500 $120,000 $55,000
75th Percentile $196,250 $125,000 $100,000
Mean $154,500 $115,385 $70,833

Government

Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Salaries Reported 20
(100%)
24
(100%)
30
(100%)
25th Percentile $55,000 $54,609 $56,250
Median $60,000 $61,000 $62,750
75th Percentile $67,746 $66,125 $65,000
Mean $62,363 $59,248 $61,023

Public Interest

Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Salaries Reported 63
(100%)
56
(100%)
64
(100%)
25th Percentile $45,000 $40,000 $40,250
Median $52,000 $50,000 $49,000
75th Percentile $60,000 $58,000 $55,600
Mean $52,646 $50,426 $49,263

Academia

Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015
Salaries Reported 1
(100%)
2
(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 $115,000 $49,000 $55,000