Employment Statistics for 2016


Yale Law students are among the most sought after in the nation by employers of all types. Our alumni are prominent both within and outside of the legal profession. They work in private practice, ranging from one-person offices to major firms: in federal, state and local government, including Congress, the Office of the President, and the judiciary; in law teaching and administration; in public service settings; for corporations and businesses; and for nonprofit organizations.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Employed - Bar Passage Required 160 0 0 0 160/78.82%
Employed - JD Advantage 9 1 0 0 10/4.93%
Employed - Professional Position 4 0 0 1 5/2.46%
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0/0%
Employed - Law School/University Funded 16 3 0 0 19/9.36%
Employed - Job Category Undeterminable 0 0 0 0 0/0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time         2/.98%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred         2/.98%
Unemployed - Not Seeking         3/1.48%
Unemployed - Seeking         1/.49%
Employment Status Unknown         1/.49%
Total Graduates         203
EMPLOYMENT TYPE FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Law Firms 83 0 0 0 83/42.78%
Solo 0 0 0 0 0
2-10 1 0 0 0 1
11-25 1 0 0 0 1
26-50 1 0 0 0 1
51-100 1 0 0 0 1
101-250 8 0 0 0 8
251-500 6 0 0 0 6
501+ 65 0 0 0 65
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Business & Industry 6 1 0 1 8/4.12%
Government 7 1 0 0 8/4.12%
Public Interest (incl. Public Defender) 16 2 0 0 18/9.28%
Judicial Clerkships ** 72 0 0 0 72/37.11%
Federal 69 0 0 0 69
State & Local 1 0 0 0 1
Other 2 0 0 0 2
Education 5 0 0 0 5/2.58%
Employer type unknown 0 0 0 0 0/0%
TOTAL 189 4 0 1 194

** Figure represents graduates in clerkships on March 15, 2017. As of that date an additional 23 graduates had
reported clerkships that commence after March 15, 2017.

LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS* FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Employed - Bar Passage Required 12 3 0 0 15
Employed - J.D. Advantage 4 0 0 0 4
Employed - Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Total Employed by Law School/University 16 3 0 0 19

* All 19 graduates reflected in this section were awarded highly competitive one year public interest fellowships.
Every fellow receives a salary of $47,500 for the year and benefits. Click here for a list of all 2016-17 YLS
fellowship recipients.  Click here for information about YLS public interest fellowship opportunities.

Employment Location State Number
State with largest employment New York 63
State with second largest employment District of Columbia 40
State with third largest employment California 23
Number employed in foreign countries   8
Geographic Destinations of Employed Graduates Class of 2016
Northeast
(CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
6.19%
Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)
34.02%
East North Central
(IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
7.73%
West North Central
(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND)
0%
South Atlantic
(DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
27.32%
East South Central
(AL, KY, MS, TN)
2.58%
West South Central
(AR, LA, OK, TX)
2.58%
Mountain
(AZ, CO, ID, MT,NV, NM, UT, WY)
2.58%
Pacific
(AK, CA, WA, HI, OR)
12.89%
U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico) 0%
Foreign 4.12%

 

Full-Time Salaries of Employed Graduates Class of 2016
Total Employed Graduates 194
Number of Salaries Reported 187
25th Percentile $62,000
academic $36,000
business Less than five salaries reported for this category.
judicial clerk $61,435
private practice $180,000
government $45,000
public interest $45,000
Median $70,000
academic $47,000
business Less than five salaries reported for this category.
judicial clerk $64,562
private practice $180,000
government $53,500
public interest $45,000
75th Percentile $180,000
academic $88,000
business Less than five salaries reported for this category.
judicial clerk $66,515
private practice $180,000
government $65,000
public interest $50,000
Mean $115,160
academic $66,000
business Less than five salaries reported for this category.
judicial clerk $63,559
private practice $175,947
government $60,333
public interest $48,176