Employment Statistics for 2014


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 167 1 1 0 169/73.48%
Employed - JD Advantage 31 2 1 0 34/14.78%
Employed - Professional Position 4 2 1 0 7/3.04%
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0/0%
Employed - Job Category Undeterminable 0 0 0 0 0/0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time         10/4.35%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred         4/1.74%
Unemployed - Not Seeking         3/1.30%
Unemployed - Seeking         2/.87%
Employment Status Unknown         1/.43%
Total Graduates         230
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 7 0 0 0 7
Employed - J.D. Advantage 13 0 0 0 13
Employed - Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Total Employed by Law School/University 20 0 0 0 20

* All 20 graduates reflected in this section were awarded highly competitive one year public interest fellowships.
Every fellow receives a salary of $45,000 for the year and benefits. Click here for a list of all 2014-15 YLS fellowship recipients.
Click here for information about YLS public interest fellowship opportunities.

EMPLOYMENT TYPE FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Law Firms 83 0 1 0 84/40%
Solo 0 0 0 0 0
2-10 0 0 1 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 7 0 0 0 7
251-500 6 0 0 0 6
501+ 67 0 0 0 67
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Business & Industry 15 0 0 0 15/7.1%
Government 12 0 1 0 13/6.2%
Public Interest (incl. Public Defender) 24 1 0 0 25/11.9%
Judicial Clerkships ** 64 1 0 0 65/31%
Federal 59 0 0 0 59
State & Local 5 0 0 0 5
Other 0 1 0 0 1
Education 4 3 1 0 8/3.8%
Employer type unknown 0 0 0 0 0/0%
TOTAL 202 5 3 0 210

** Figure represents graduates in clerkships on March 15, 2015. As of that date an additional 27 graduates had
reported clerkships that commence after March 15, 2015.

Employment Location State Number
State with largest employment New York 75
State with second largest employment District of Columbia 29
State with third largest employment California 25
Number employed in foreign countries   10
Geographic Destinations of Employed Graduates Class of 2014
Northeast
(CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
9.52%
Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)
38.57%
East North Central
(IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
8.10%
West North Central
(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND)
.48%
South Atlantic
(DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
17.14%
East South Central
(AL, KY, MS, TN)
2.86%
West South Central
(AR, LA, OK, TX)
2.86%
Mountain
(AZ, CO, ID, MT,NV, NM, UT, WY)
2.86%
Pacific
(AK, CA, WA, HI, OR)
12.86%
Foreign 4.76%
Full-Time Salaries of Employed Graduates Class of 2014
Total Employed Graduates 210
Number of Salaries Reported 204
25th Percentile $60,587
academic Less than five salaries reported for this category.
business $115,000
judicial clerk $58,745
private practice $160,000
government $44,000
public interest $44,000
Median $72,000
academic Less than five salaries reported for this category.
business $137,500
judicial clerk $62,352
private practice $160,000
government $50,800
public interest $44,000
75th Percentile $160,000
academic Less than five salaries reported for this category.
business $210,000
judicial clerk $64,245
private practice $160,000
government $61,000
public interest $46,000
Mean $109,102
academic Less than five salaries reported for this category.
business $165,417
judicial clerk $61,545
private practice $160,122
government $53,844
public interest $46,432