USD Law Employment Data 2011

2011 Employment Data, Nine Months after Graduation

Employed, Nine Months after Graduation

Employment Status Full-Time Part-Time Number
Permanent Temporary Permanent Temporary Number Reported % of Class
Total Graduates 187 17 38 29 318 100.01%
Total Reported         272 85.50%
Employed - Bar Passage Required 149 15 23 24 211 66.40%
Employed - JD Advantage 28 2 3 3 36 11.30%
Employed - Other Professional 8 0 4 1 13 4.10%
Employed - Non-Professional 2 0 8 1 11 3.50%
Employed - Job Type Unknown 0 0 0 0 1 0.31%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full-time         3 0.94%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred         3 0.94%
Unemployed - Not Seeking Job         3 0.94%
Unemployed - Seeking Job         34 10.70%
Employment Status Unknown         3 0.94%

Law School/University Funded Positions

Law School/University Funded Positions Number Full-Time Part-Time
Permanent Temporary Permanent Temporary
Of Employed - Law School/University Funded Short Term 16 1 4 0 11
USD Law Public Interest Fellows 5 0 3 0 2
USD Law Research Fellows 3 0 0 0 3
USD Law Clinic Staff Attorneys 6 0 0 0 6
USD Legal Writing Fellow 1 0 1 0 0
USD Associate Director M.S. Global Leadership 1 1 0 0 0

Employment Type

Employment Type Full-Time Part-Time Number Reported % of employed
Permanent Temporary Permanent Temporary
Law Firms         148 54.40%
    Solo 6 0 0 0 6 2.20%
    2-10 49 2 15 7 73 26.80%
    11-25 7 0 1 0 8 2.90%
    26-50 8 1 0 2 11 4.00%
    51-100 16 0 0 0 16 5.90%
    101-250 5 1 0 0 6 2.20%
    251-500 3 0 0 0 3 1.10%
    501+ 14 1 0 0 15 5.50%
    Size Unknown 2 1 2 5 10 3.70%
Business & Industry 47 3 19 2 71 22.30%
Government 16 6 0 0 22 8.10%
Public Interest (incl. Public Defender) 3 0 0 8 11 4.00%
Judicial Clerkships 8 0 0 0 8 2.90%
    Federal 0 0 0 0 8 2.90%
    State & Local 0 0 0 0 0 0.00%
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0.00%
Academia 2 2 1 5 10 3.70%
Employer Type Unknown 1 0 0 0 2 0.74%
    Total employed 187 17 38 29 272  

Employment Locations

 Employment Location  State Number
  State# - largest employment California 231
  State# - 2nd largest employment New York 6
  State# - 3rd largest employment Colorado 5
  # employed in foreign countries   0

Salaries by Employment Status

Employment Status Number Reported Full-time Salary *
Number Salaries Reported % Reported 25% 50%
(median)
75%
Employed - Bar Passage Required 211 101 47.9% $57,000 $65,000 $100,000
Employed - JD Advantage 36 16 44.4% $50,250 $72,250 $86,250
Employed - Other Professional 13 3 23.1% $52,500 $60,000 $90,000
Employed - Non-professional 11 0        
Employed - Job Type Unknown 1 0        

Salaries by Employment Type

Employment Type Number Reported Full-time Salary *
Number Salaries Reported % Reported 25% 50%
(median)
75%
Law Firms 148 68 46.5% $52,000 $70,000 $108,500
   Solo 6 0 0      
   2-10 73 20 27.4% $50,000 $54,080 $63,025
   11-25 8 6 75.0% $41,825 $56,250 $88,750
   26-50 11 5 45.5% $44,720 $80,000 $90,000
   51-100 16 14 87.5% $65,000 $67,600 $87,500
   101-250 6 5 83.3% $85,000 $90,000 $97,000
   251-500 3 3 100% $110,000 $140,000 $142,500
   501+ 15 14 93.3% $110,000 $160,000 $160,000
   Size Unknown 10 1 10.0% $49,920 $49,920 $49,920
Business & Industry 71 28 39.4% $60,000 $80,000 $104,000
Government 22 10 45.5% $50,000 $57,000 $60,375
Public Interest (inc.
Public Defender)
11 3 27.3% $55,000 $65,000 $66,500
Judicial Clerkships            
   Federal 8 8 100% $60,000 $60,000 $60,600
   State & Local 0 0 0      
Other 0 0 0      
Academia 10 3 30.0% $64,250 $76,500 $90,750
Employer Type Unknown 2 0 0      

High Salaries by Employment Type

2011 high salaries by employment type

High Salaries by Employment Status

2011 high salaries by employment status

Job Offer Sources

Source of Job Number Reported % of Reported
USD Job Posting/OCI
      Job posting
      On-campus interviews
50
32
18
26.1%
16.7%
9.4%
Referrals (USD/other source) 29 15.1%
Job fair/consortia 1 0.5%
Commercial Internet site 8 4.2%
Return to prior job 43 22.4%
Start own practice 8 4.2%
Self-initiated/letter 48 25.0%
Temp agency 1 0.5%
Other 4 2.1%

The data above was reported to the American Bar Association (ABA) and National Association of Legal Career Professionals (NALP) in March 2012. We regularly collect and report employment information from our most recent graduating class, following guidelines established by NALP and the ABA. This data is updated as new information is provided to the school.

* Salary numbers based on 120 full-time salaries reported (44% of employed graduates reporting).

View more detailed employment statistics for the Class of 2011 based on information reported by the Office of Career and Professional Development to NALP in March of 2012.

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