​USD Law Employment Data

USD Law graduates begin their legal careers in judicial chambers, law firms, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and business organizations in San Diego, in 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 2017, 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 San Diego, and in other local and state government offices. One 2017 graduate joined the U.S. Department of Justice’s selective Attorney General Honors Program.  Our 2017 graduates secured associate positions in large, national law firms such as Latham & Watkins; Paul Hastings; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Morrison & Foerster; Pillsbury; DLA Piper; and Perkins Coie. Other graduates joined established small to mid-size firms and businesses in Southern California. Jobs secured by 2017 graduates where a JD degree was considered “an advantage” include a regulatory analyst to the California Public Utilities Commission; a senior advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and several associates at a “Big Four” accounting firm.


While the majority of our graduates are employed in California, other states where 2017 graduates are working include Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.