Student & Alumni Employment Stats


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.

In accordance with the ABA guidelines, the Class of 2017 Employment Chart depicts the employment of our Class of 2017 at ten months after graduation. Use the links on the right sidebar to view post-graduate data for the Classes of 2016 and 2015. For a more detailed explanation of post-graduate employment stats, see the article USNWR Maintains Flawed Approach to Calculating Post-Graduate Employment.

Our Summer Employment Charts reflect what employment sectors our students have worked in after their first year and second year of law school. CDO produces a Judicial Clerkship Employment Chart containing the number of graduates reporting a clerkship at various times after graduation as well as the total number of clerkships obtained by graduates in each class year. Given that so many of our graduates clerk after graduation, we also provide data on their First Non-Clerkship Employment. Finally, each spring, CDO collects information about our graduates five years after their law school graduation as reflected in the Five Years After Graduation Chart

Yale Law School is distinguished among American law schools by two things: its small size—that’s a physical fact about the law school—and also the spirit of comradeship and cooperation that exists among all of the members of the community.”


Anthony Kronman

Class of 1975, Sterling Professor of Law and Former Dean