Employment Statistics for 2015


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 173 0 0 0 173/81.22%
Employed - JD Advantage 7 1 1 0 9/4.22%
Employed - Professional Position 3 0 1 1 5/2.35%
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 1 0 1/.50%
Employed - Law School/University Funded 11 0 0 0 11/5.16%
Employed - Job Category Undeterminable 0 0 0 0 0/0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time         7/3.28%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred         0/0%
Unemployed - Not Seeking         3/1.40%
Unemployed - Seeking         2/.94%
Employment Status Unknown         2/.94%
Total Graduates         213
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 83/41.71%
Solo 0 0 0 0 0
2-10 1 0 0 0 1
11-25 0 0 0 0 0
26-50 0 0 0 0 0
51-100 0 0 0 0 0
101-250 14 0 0 0 14
251-500 5 0 0 0 5
501+ 63 0 0 0 63
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Business & Industry 7 0 1 0 8/4.02%
Government 10 1 0 0 11/5.53%
Public Interest (incl. Public Defender) 16 0 1 0 17/8.54%
Judicial Clerkships ** 78 0 0 0 78/39.20%
Federal 72 0 0 0 72
State & Local 6 0 0 0 6
Other 0 0 0 0 0
Education 0 0 1 1 2/1.00%
Employer type unknown 0 0 0 0 0/0%
TOTAL 194 1 3 1 199

** Figure represents graduates in clerkships on March 15, 2016. As of that date an additional 21 graduates had
reported clerkships that commence after March 15, 2016.

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 6 0 0 0 6
Employed - J.D. Advantage 5 0 0 0 5
Employed - Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Total Employed by Law School/University 11 0 0 0 11

* All 11 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 2015-16 YLS
fellowship recipients.  Click here for information about YLS public interest fellowship opportunities.

Employment Location State Number
State with largest employment New York 68
State with second largest employment District of Columbia 31
State with third largest employment California 25
Number employed in foreign countries   7
Geographic Destinations of Employed Graduates Class of 2015
Northeast
(CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
8.04%
Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)
37.19%
East North Central
(IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
6.03%
West North Central
(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND)
0%
South Atlantic
(DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
20.60%
East South Central
(AL, KY, MS, TN)
3.02%
West South Central
(AR, LA, OK, TX)
3.02%
Mountain
(AZ, CO, ID, MT,NV, NM, UT, WY)
3.02%
Pacific
(AK, CA, WA, HI, OR)
15.58%
U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico) .50%
Foreign 3.02%

 

Full-Time Salaries of Employed Graduates Class of 2015
Total Employed Graduates 199
Number of Salaries Reported 192
25th Percentile $62,476
academic Less than five salaries reported for this category.
business $72,000
judicial clerk $60,101
private practice $160,000
government $45,000
public interest $45,000
Median $68,665
academic Less than five salaries reported for this category.
business $127,500
judicial clerk $63,722
private practice $160,000
government $45,000
public interest $45,000
75th Percentile $160,000
academic Less than five salaries reported for this category.
business $140,000
judicial clerk $66,031
private practice $160,000
government $83,000
public interest $50,000
Mean $106,211
academic Less than five salaries reported for this category.
business $107,300
judicial clerk $63,098
private practice $157,663
government $63,889
public interest $47,082