Employment Statistics for 2018


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 166 0 0 0 166/77.20%
Employed - JD Advantage 13 0 0 0 13/6.05%
Employed - Professional Position 1 1 0 0 2/.93%
Employed - Non-Professional Position 1 0 0 0 1/.46%
Employed - Law School/University Funded 25 1 0 0 26/12.10%
Employed - Job Category Undeterminable 0 0 0 0 0/0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time         2/.93%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred         0/0%
Unemployed - Not Seeking         2/.93%
Unemployed - Seeking         3/1.40%
Employment Status Unknown         0/0%
Total Graduates         215
EMPLOYMENT TYPE FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Law Firms         64/31%
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 1 0 0 0 1
101-250 5 0 0 0 5
251-500 4 0 0 0 4
501+ 52 1 0 0 53
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Business & Industry 8 0 0 0 8/3.85%
Government 9 0 0 0 9/4.33%
Public Interest (incl. Public Defender) 36 0 0 0 36/17.31%
Judicial Clerkships **         84/40%
Federal 73 0 0 0 73
State & Local 7 0 0 0 7
Other 3 1 0 0 4
Education 7 0 0 0 7/3.36%
Employer type unknown 0 0 0 0 0/0%
TOTAL 206 2 0 0 208

** Figure represents graduates in clerkships on March 15, 2019. As of that date an additional 26 graduates had
reported clerkships that commence after March 15, 2019.

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 18 0 0 0 18
Employed - J.D. Advantage 7 1 0 0 8
Employed - Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Total Employed by Law School/University 25 1 0 0 26

* All 26 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 2018-19 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 22
State with third largest employment California 21
Number employed in foreign countries   8
Geographic Destinations of Employed Graduates Class of 2018
Northeast
(CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
10.58%
Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)
35.58%
East North Central
(IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
8.65%
West North Central
(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND)
1.44%
South Atlantic
(DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
17.79%
East South Central
(AL, KY, MS, TN)
.96%
West South Central
(AR, LA, OK, TX)
5.77%
Mountain
(AZ, CO, ID, MT,NV, NM, UT, WY)
2.88%
Pacific
(AK, CA, WA, HI, OR)
12.50%
U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico) 0%
Foreign 3.85%
Full-Time Salaries of Employed Graduates Class of 2018
Total Employed Graduates 208
Number of Salaries Reported 200
25th Percentile $92,417
academic $47,500
business $170,000
judicial clerk $62,000
private practice $180,000
government $47,500
public interest $47,500
Median $96,607
academic $50,000
business $180,000
judicial clerk $67,643
private practice $180,000
government $53,750
public interest $48,250
75th Percentile $116,880
academic $60,000
business $245,000
judicial clerk $69,283
private practice $190,000
government $77,000
public interest $60,000
Mean $102,299
academic $51,300
business $197,857
judicial clerk $65,565
private practice $184,516
government $60,255
public interest $54,299