USD Law Employment Data 2019

Employment Data for the Class of 2019 provided in ABA standard format.

View more detailed employment statistics for the Class of 2019 based on information reported by the Office of Career and Professional Development to NALP later this summer.

Notable Employers for the Class of 2019. 

Summary of Employment Data - University of San Diego School of Law Class of 2019

This Data Summary covers graduates of the Class of 2019 who were employed as of the American Bar Association’s March 16, 2020 employment reporting deadline and does not reflect the employment of Class of 2019 graduates who secured positions after that date.


# of Grads

% of Grads

Total Class Size: 



Total Employed or Continuing Studies Full Time as of 3/16/20



  • 84.7% were employed* overall
  • 74.9% were employed in full-time, long-term jobs that required bar passage or preferred a candidate with a Juris Doctor degree
  • 3 graduates were pursuing a graduate degree
  • 2 graduate had accepted an employment offer, but did not begin work until after March 16, 2020

Of Those Employed: •69.7 % employed in Law Firms • 15.6% employed in Business •6.5% employed in Government (including District Attorney positions) • 5.8% employed in Public Interest (including Public Defender positions) • 2.6% employed in federal court and state court Judicial Clerkships Of Those Employed in Law Firms: • 20.6% are with a Firm of 501+ attorneys • 4.6% are with a Firm of 251-500 attorneys • 8.4% are with a Firm of 101-250 attorneys • 5.6% are with a Firm of 51-100 attorneys • 11.2% are with a Firm of 26-50 attorneys • 14% are with a Firm of 11-25 attorneys • 36.4% are with a Firm of 1-10 attorneys Top Regions Where USD Law Grads are Employed: • San Diego • Los Angeles • Orange County • New York •Colorado •Oregon •Texas •Hawaii

This summary was compiled with data submitted in accordance with the Class of 2019 annual surveys of the American Bar Association (“ABA”). It covers those who graduated between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

 *Under the ABA’s Employment Questionnaire definitions, “employed” means receiving remuneration for work as of March 16, 2020