USD Law Employment Data 2017

Employment Data for the Class of 2017 provided in ABA standard format.

View more detailed employment statistics for the Class of 2017 based on information reported by the Office of Career and Professional Development to NALP in April of 2018.

Notable Employers for the Class of 2017

Summary of Employment Data - University of San Diego School of Law Class of 2017

This Data Summary covers graduates of the Class of 2017 who were employed as of the American Bar Association’s March 15, 2018 employment reporting deadline and does not reflect the employment of Class of 2017 graduates who secured positions after that date.

  # of Grads % of Grads
Total Class Size: 


Total Employed or Continuing Studies Full Time as of 3/15/18 168 82.4%
  • 80.4 % were Employed* overall
  • 67.6% were employed in Full-Time, Long-Term jobs that required bar passage or preferred a candidate with a Juris Doctor degree
  • 2% were pursuing a Graduate Degree
  • 1% had accepted an employment offer, but did not begin work until after March 15, 2018

Of Those Employed:

  • 64.6 % employed in Law Firms
  • 15.2% employed in Business
  • 9.8% employed in Government (including District Attorney positions)
  • 7.3% employed in Public Interest (including Public Defender positions)
  • 2.4% employed in federal court and state court Judicial Clerkships

Of Those Employed in Law Firms:

  • 15.1% are with a Firm of 501+ attorneys
  • 7.5% are with a Firm of 251-500 attorneys
  • 3.8% are with a Firm of 101-250 attorneys
  • 6.6% are with a Firm of 51-100 attorneys
  • 7.5% are with a Firm of 26-50 attorneys
  • 12.3% are with a Firm of 11-25 attorneys
  • 45.3% are with a Firm of 1-10 attorneys
  • 1.9% are solo practitioners
Top Regions Where USD Law Grads are Employed:
  • California
  • Oregon
  • New York
  • Washington D.C.


This Summary was compiled with data submitted in accordance with the Class of 2017 annual surveys of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) and the National Association of Law Placement (“NALP”). It covers those who graduated between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017.

*Under the ABA’s Employment Questionnaire definitions, “employed” means receiving remuneration for work as of March 15, 2018.