USD Law Employment Data 2012

2012 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 327 100.0%
Total Reported         267 81.65%
Employed - Bar Passage Required 154 14 28 37 233 71.25%
Employed - JD Advantage 15 1 3 2 21 6.42%
Employed - Other Professional 6 1 2 0 9 2.75%
Employed - Non-Professional 1 0 4 0 5 1.53%
Employed - Job Type Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full-time         5 1.53%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred         2 0.61%
Unemployed - Not Seeking Job         14 4.28%
Unemployed - Seeking Job         35 10.7%
Employment Status Unknown         3 0.92%

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 22 2 3 0 17
USD Law Public Interest Fellows 13 0 3 0 10
USD Law Research Fellows 3 0 0 0 3
USD Law Clinic Staff Attorneys 4 0 0 0 4
USD Database Coordinator
1 1 0 0 0
USD Law School Admissions Executive Assistant 
1 1 0 0 0

Employment Type

Employment Type Full-Time Part-Time Number Reported % of employed
Permanent Temporary Permanent Temporary
Law Firms 98 2 24 14 138 51.69%
    Solo 0 0 1 0 1 0.37%
    2-10 46 2 19 10 77 28.84%
    11-25 13 0 3 0 16 6.0%
    26-50 11 0 0 0 11 4.12%
    51-100 6 0 0 0 6 2.25%
    101-250 3 0 1 0 4 1.5%
    251-500 3 0 0 0 3 1.12%
    501+ 16 0 0 0 16 6.0%
    Size Unknown 0 0 0 4 4 1.5%
Business & Industry 38 5 13 2 58 21.72%
Government 22 6 0 1 29 10.86%
Public Interest (incl. Public Defender) 7 0 0 7 14 5.24%
Judicial Clerkships 8 0 0 0 8 3.0%
    Federal 6 0 0 0 6 2.25%
    State & Local 2 0 0 0 2 0.75%
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Academia 2 3 0 14 19 7.12%
Employer Type Unknown 0 0 0 1 1 0.38%
    Total employed 175 16 37 39 267 100%

Employment Locations

 Employment Location  State Number
  State# - largest employment California 236
  State# - 2nd largest employment New York 4
  State# - 3rd largest employment Washington, D.C. 4
  # employed in foreign countries   3

Salaries by Employment Status

Employment Status Number Reported Full-time Salary *
Number Salaries Reported % Reported 25% 50%
(median)
75%
Employed - Bar Passage Required 233 116 49.79% $51,500 $65,000 $83,050
Employed - JD Advantage 21 6

28.57%

$56,868 $62,500 $68,750
Employed - Other Professional 9 1 11.11% $40,000 $40,000 $40,000
Employed - Non-professional 5 0        
Employed - Job Type Unknown 0 0        

Salaries by Employment Type

Employment Type Number Reported Full-time Salary *
Number Salaries Reported % Reported 25% 50%
(median)
75%
Law Firms 138 66 47.8% $63,500 $78,750 $107,500
   Solo 1 0 0      
   2-10 77 26 33.8% $50,500 $68,000 $78,250
   11-25 16 8 50.0% $57,500 $65,000 $66,250
   26-50 11 8 72.7% $75,750 $81,700 $90,000
   51-100 6 3 50.0% $78,750 $80,000 $80,000
   101-250 4 3 75.0% $100,000 $100,000 $107,500
   251-500 3 3 100% $150,000 $160,000 $162,500
   501+ 16 15 93.8% $102,500 $160,000 $160,000
   Size Unknown 4 0 10.0%      
Business & Industry 58 19 32.8% $51,000 $65,000 $76,500
Government 29 25 86.21% $41,600 $45,760 $59,000
Public Interest (inc.
Public Defender)
14 6 42.9% $54,750 $62,500 $65,000
Judicial Clerkships 8 7 87.5% $60,200 $62,451 $64,000
   Federal 6 5

83.3%

$62,451 $63,000 $65,000
   State & Local 2 2 100% $49,000 $52,000 $55,000
Other 0 0 0      
Academia 19 0 0      
Employer Type Unknown 1 0 0      

High Salaries by Employment Type

2012 high salaries by employment type

High Salaries by Employment Status

2012 high salaries by employment status

Job Offer Sources

Source of Job Number Reported % of Reported
USD Job Posting/OCI
      Job posting
      On-campus interviews
60
34
26
27.7%
15.7%
12.0%
Referrals (USD/other source) 54 24.9%
Commercial Internet site 11 5.1%
Return to prior job 20 9.2%
Start own practice 9 4.1%
Self-initiated/letter 57 26.3%
Temp agency 1 0.5%
Other 5 2.3%

The data above was reported to the American Bar Association (ABA) and National Association of Legal Career Professionals (NALP) in March 2013. 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 123 full-time salaries reported (46.1% of employed graduates reporting).

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

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