​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 2021, four graduates began prestigious judicial clerkships, with two in federal court. Four graduates are serving in the U.S. Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. Other graduates launched public service careers in District Attorney, Public Defender, and City Attorney offices, in locations such as San Diego, Orange County, Ventura, Riverside, Santa Barbara and one in New Mexico. Our 2021 graduates secured associate attorney positions in large, multi-national and national law firms such as Cooley, Jones Day, Wilson Sonsini, Sheppard Mullin, Latham & Watkins, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, and Fisher Phillips. Several graduates secured in-house counsel positions with U.S. companies, while other graduates joined well-established small to midsize firms and businesses throughout California. Jobs secured by 2021 graduates where a Juris Doctor degree was considered an advantage include positions in business management, contract management, and accounting/tax.

While the majority of our graduates are employed in California, the reach of USD Law is wide with Class of 2021 graduates also working in the states of Colorado,  Nevada, Virginia, Arizona, Washington, Texas, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina, as well as the cities of Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.