​USD Law Employment Data

 USD Law graduates begin their legal careers in law firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, judicial chambers and business organizations in San Diego, other parts of California, and throughout the country.  The Office of Career and Professional Development provides comprehensive reports of graduate employment outcomes to the American Bar Association, the National Association for Law Placement, and U.S. News & World Report. To ensure public transparency, we publish that employment data here. Please contact us at lawcareers@sandiego.edu with any questions related to post-graduate employment.

From the Class of 2018, graduates began prestigious judicial clerkships in federal and state courts, while other graduates launched public service careers in District Attorney and Deputy Public Defender offices in counties across California, including Sacramento, Ventura, Santa Ana, San Diego, and Riverside as well as in other governmental agencies. A 2018 graduate received a highly selective public interest Equal Justice Works Fellowship to work with California Rural Legal Assistance, while three graduates will be serving in the U.S. Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.  Our 2018 graduates secured associate attorney positions in large, national law firms such as Cooley, Jones Day, Latham & Watkins, Mintz, Morrison & Foerster, Paul Hastings, and Perkins Coie. Other graduates joined established small to mid-size firms and businesses throughout California. Jobs secured by 2018 graduates where a JD degree was considered “an advantage” include positions in contract management, compliance, and business, as well as in the tax departments of the “Big Four” accounting firms.

While the majority of our graduates are employed in California, the reach of USD Law is wide with Class of 2018 graduates also working in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington as well as the cities of Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.