Employment Statistics for 2020


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.

 

Information on employment outcomes for the Class of 2020 may not reflect a particular law school’s typical results in this area. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bar admission exams were canceled or delayed in many jurisdictions, thus making it more challenging for graduates to secure employment by the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at www.abarequireddisclosures.org.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Employed - Bar Passage Required 170 0 0 0 170
Employed - JD Advantage 12 0 0 0 12
Employed - Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Law School/University Funded 15 0 0 0 15
Employed - Job Category Undeterminable 0 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time         2
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred         0
Unemployed - Not Seeking         0
Unemployed - Seeking         3
Employment Status Unknown         2
Total Graduates         204
EMPLOYMENT TYPE FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Law Firms         84
Solo 0 0 0 0 0
2-10 0 0 0 0 0
11-25 0 0 0 0 0
26-50 4 0 0 0 4
51-100 1 0 0 0 1
101-250 3 0 0 0 3
251-500 6 0 0 0 6
501+ 70 0 0 0 70
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Business & Industry 8 0 0 0 8
Government 10 0 0 0 10
Public Interest (incl. Public Defender) 34 0 0 0 34
Judicial Clerkships **         58
Federal 52 0 0 0 52
State & Local 6 0 0 0 6
Other 0 0 0 0 0
Education 3 0 0 0 3
Employer type unknown 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 197 0 0 0 197

 

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 13 0 0 0 13
Employed - J.D. Advantage 2 0 0 0 2
Employed - Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Total Employed by Law School/University 15 0 0 0 15

* All 15 graduates reflected in this section were awarded highly competitive one-year public interest fellowships. Each fellow receives a salary of $47,500 for the year and benefits. Click here for information about YLS public interest fellowship opportunities.

Per Interpretation 509-2 of Standard 509, law schools may choose to publicize additional employment outcome data beyond what the Employment Protocols require. This additional data, per Standard 509, must be “complete, accurate, and not misleading to a reasonable law school student or applicant.” Law schools are expected to use “due diligence in obtaining and verifying such information.” The following additional employment outcome data has not been, and will not be, audited by the ABA. It is meant to supplement the annual ABA Employment Summary Report, which reflects the employment status of members of each graduating class as of the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at www.abarequireddisclosures.org.

Employment Location State Number
State with largest employment New York 73
State with second largest employment District of Columbia 38
State with third largest employment California 19
Number employed in foreign countries   6
Geographic Destinations of Employed Graduates Class of 2019
Northeast
(CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
13.9%
Mid-Atlantic
(NY, NJ, PA)
36.3%
East North Central
(IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
5%
West North Central
(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND)
1%
South Atlantic
(DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
19.9%
East South Central
(AL, KY, MS, TN)
2.5%
West South Central
(AR, LA, OK, TX)
4.5%
Mountain
(AZ, CO, ID, MT,NV, NM, UT, WY)
1.5%
Pacific
(AK, CA, WA, HI, OR)
12.4%
U.S. Territories (Puerto Rico) 0%
Foreign 3%
Full-Time Salaries of Employed Graduates Class of 2019
Total Employed Graduates 213
Number of Salaries Reported 203
25th Percentile $64,878
academic --
business $150,000
judicial clerk $63,953
private practice $190,000
government $47,500
public interest $47,500
Median $79,000
academic --
business $165,000
judicial clerk $69,016
private practice $190,000
government $47,500
public interest $52,500
75th Percentile $190,000
academic --
business $200,000
judicial clerk $71,313
private practice $190,000
government $47,500
public interest $60,000
Mean $124,178
academic --
business $190,000
judicial clerk $67,749
private practice $188,944
government $47,500
public interest $56,636

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