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         The University of Michigan Law School


Comprehensive Employment Statistics

For the graduating class of 2018, 98 percent were employed or continuing their education. The employment data in the tables below is generated by NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals. The tables below have been formatted for readability; you may also view the original 2009 [PDF], 2010 [PDF], 2011 [PDF], 2012 [PDF],  2013 [PDF], 2014 [PDF], 2015 [PDF], 2016 [PDF], 2017 [PDF], and 2018 [PDF] NALP Summary Reports (partially redacted for privacy). 

In addition, we provide the ABA Employment Summary for 2018 [PDF],  2017 [PDF],  2016 [PDF], 2015 [PDF], 2014 [PDF], 2013 [PDF], and 2012 [PDF] grads. This includes data other than that reported to NALP—e.g., law school/university funded positions. (The ABA data for previous years mirrored that of NALP, and so we do not include it separately here.)

 

General Employment Information
  Latest National NALP Data Available (2018) Michigan Law Data
  Class of 2018
Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Graduating Class Size 34,221 291 333 327
Employment status known 33,510 289 331 327
Bar passage required 24,398 272 314 310
# for which salary is known ​17,532 266
305 296
% for which salary is known 73% 98% 97% 95%
25th %ile of salary $​56,000 $65,000 $65,575 $62,051
50th %ile of salary $71,586​ $180,000 $160,000 $145,000
mean salary ​$100,762 $133,056 $128,637 $124,120
75th %ile of salary $170,000​ $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
JD Advantage† 4,178 10 9 6
Other Professional ​993 0 0 0
Nonprofessional 353 2 0 1
Job type unknown 31 0 0 0
Continuing Studies Full-time 478 1 3 3
Start Date after 3/15/2019​ ​281 ​1 ​0 ​1
Unemployed—not seeking 396 2
3 0
Unemployed—seeking 2,402 1 2 6
Employment Status Unknown† 225 2 2 0

†"JD Advantage" includes management consulting, investment banking, real estate, legal jobs overseas, etc.

 

 

Employment by Category
  Latest National NALP Data Available (2018) Michigan Law Data
  Class of 2018
Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Graduating Class Size 34,221 291 333 327
Academic 471 5 1 2
Business 3,877 11 9 6
Bar passage required 988 3 2 2
JD Advantage 2,020 7 7 3
Other Professional 569 0 0 2
Nonprofessional 292 1 0 0
Judicial Clerk 3,344
55 62 67
# for which salary is known 2,679 55 62 67
% for which salary is known 80% 100% 100% 100%
25th %ile of salary ​$50,000 $60,000 $58,620 $54,000
50th %ile of salary ​$57,000 $61,218 $60,605 $59,500
mean salary $56,890 $62,083 $61,155 $58,881
75th %ile of salary $64,000 $66,689 $66,993 $64,000
Private Practice 16,411 176 225 198
# for which salary is known ​11,237 174 213 195
% for which salary is known ​68% 99% 95% 98%
25th %ile of salary $70,000​ $180,000 $157,500 $145,000
50th %ile of salary $120,000​ $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
mean salary $123,900 $172,351 $160,800 $158,448
75th %ile of salary $180,000 $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
501+ attorneys 4,773 127 137 126
251–500 attorneys ​966 22 37 31
101–250 attorneys ​1,019 8 15 19
51–100 attorneys 849​ 4 7 4
26–50 attorneys 1,047 4 8 3
11–25 attorneys 1,763 4 5 7
1–10 attorneys 5,556 7
6 7
Solo practitioner 323 0 1 1
Unknown size 115 0 0 0
Government 3,579 16 16 21
# for which salary is known 2,314 16 16
14
% for which salary is known 65% 100% 100% 67%
25th %ile of salary ​$50,000 $40,000 $40,274 $50,000
50th %ile of salary ​$60,000 $56,000 $60,000 $61,500
mean salary ​$61,741 $56,440 $58,837 $57,501
75th %ile of salary $​68,000 $62,308 $65,633 $63,936
Public Interest ​2,220 21 19 23

 

 

Most Popular Markets for 2018
New York 27%  78 Jobs
Illinois 12%  34 Jobs
Michigan 11%  31 Jobs
Washington, D.C. 10%  29 Jobs
California 10% 27 Jobs

 

 

Breakdown of Jobs by Sector 2018
Law Firm 62%  176 Jobs
Clerkships 19% 55 Jobs
Government 8% 22 Jobs
Public Interest 5% 15 Jobs
Business/Industry 4% 11 Jobs
Academic 2% 5 Jobs