USD Law Employment Data 2018

Employment Data for the Class of 2018 provided in ABA standard format.

View more detailed employment statistics for the Class of 2018 based on information reported by the Office of Career and Professional Development to NALP in April of 2019.

Notable Employers for the Class of 2018. 

Summary of Employment Data - University of San Diego School of Law Class of 2018

This Data Summary covers graduates of the Class of 2018 who were employed as of the American Bar Association’s March 15, 2019 employment reporting deadline and does not reflect the employment of Class of 2018 graduates who secured positions after that date.

 

# of Grads

% of Grads

Total Class Size: 

264

100%

Total Employed or Continuing Studies Full Time as of 3/15/19

229

  87%

  • 84% were employed* overall
  • 72% were employed in full-time, long-term jobs that required bar passage or preferred a candidate with a Juris Doctor degree
  • 7 graduates were pursuing a graduate degree
  • 1 graduate had accepted an employment offer, but did not begin work until after March 15, 2019

Of Those Employed:

  • 64 % employed in Law Firms
  • 14.4% employed in Business
  • 14% employed in Government (including District Attorney positions)
  • 5% employed in Public Interest (including Public Defender positions)
  • 2.7% employed in federal court and state court Judicial Clerkships

Of Those Employed in Law Firms:

  • 14.8% are with a Firm of 501+ attorneys
  • 3.5% are with a Firm of 251-500 attorneys
  • 10.6% are with a Firm of 101-250 attorneys
  • 3.5% are with a Firm of 51-100 attorneys
  • 12% are with a Firm of 26-50 attorneys
  • 16.2% are with a Firm of 11-25 attorneys
  • 38% are with a Firm of 1-10 attorneys
  • 1.4% are solo practitioners
Salaries by Employment Category: Median Average 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Law Firm/Private Practice $80,000 $103,805 $70,720 $150,000
Government $69,283 $72,950 $65,144 $80,000
Public Interest $72,152 $70,401 $58,000 $82,000
Business $85,000 $96,419 $68,000 $110,000

Top Regions Where USD Law Grads are Employed:

  • California
  • Washington State
  • Washington D.C.
  • Nevada

This summary was compiled with data submitted in accordance with the Class of 2018 annual surveys of the American Bar Association (“ABA”). It covers those who graduated between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018.

 *Under the ABA’s Employment Questionnaire definitions, “employed” means receiving remuneration for work as of March 15, 2019