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         The University of Michigan Law School


Comprehensive Employment Statistics

For the graduating class of 2019, 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 2019 [PDF],  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 (2019) Michigan Law Data
 Class of 2019
Class of 2018
Class of 2017
Graduating Class Size 33,954 307 291 333
Employment status known 33,007 306 289 331
Bar passage required 25,162 293
272 314
# for which salary is known ​17,928 287
266 305
% for which salary is known 76.2% 98% 98% 97%
25th %ile of salary $​60,000 $66,991 $65,000 $65,575
50th %ile of salary $75,000 $190,000 $180,000 $160,000
mean salary ​$102,891 $140,205 $133,056 $128,637
75th %ile of salary $170,000​ $190,000 $190,000 $180,000
JD Advantage† 3,521 6 10 9
Other Professional 840 0 0 0
Nonprofessional 254 1 2 0
Job type unknown 27 0 0 0
Continuing Studies Full-time 471 0 1 3
Start Date after 3/16/2020​ 223 ​1 ​1 0
Unemployed—not seeking 3692
2 3
Unemployed—seeking 2,140 3 1 2
Employment Status Unknown†n/a
1 2 2

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

 

 

Employment by Category
 Latest National NALP Data Available (2019) Michigan Law Data
 Class of 2019
Class of 2018
Class of 2017
Graduating Class Size 33,954 307 291 333
Academic 402 1 5 1
Business 3,369 4 11 9
Bar passage required 986 1 3 2
JD Advantage 1,679 2 7 7
Other Professional 487 0 0 0
Nonprofessional 209 1 1 0
Judicial Clerk 3,432
53 55 62
# for which salary is known 2,668 51 55 62
% for which salary is known 78% 96% 100% 100%
25th %ile of salary ​$50,915 $61,218 $60,000 $58,620
50th %ile of salary ​$58,000 $63,192 $61,218 $60,605
mean salary$58,130 $63,786 $62,083 $61,155
75th %ile of salary $65,000 $66,991 $66,689 $66,993
Private Practice 16,449 197 176 225
# for which salary is known ​11,296 195 174 213
% for which salary is known ​69% 99% 99% 95%
25th %ile of salary $70,000​ $190,000 $180,000 $157,500
50th %ile of salary $125,000​ $190,000 $190,000 $180,000
mean salary$127,180 $177,010 $172,351 $160,800
75th %ile of salary$190,000 $190,000 $190,000 $180,000
501+ attorneys 4,961 143 127 137
251–500 attorneys 1,04330
22 37
101–250 attorneys ​1,111 5 8 15
51–100 attorneys 861​ 9 4 7
26–50 attorneys 1,089 7 4 8
11–25 attorneys 1,783 2 45
1–10 attorneys 5,1891
7 6
Solo practitioner 242 0 11
Unknown size170 0 00
Government3,736 20 16 16
# for which salary is known 2,392 1716
16
% for which salary is known64% 85% 100% 100%
25th %ile of salary ​$52,000 $50,000 $40,000 $40,274
50th %ile of salary ​$62,417 $60,000 $56,000 $60,000
mean salary ​$64,058 $65,420 $56,440 $58,837
75th %ile of salary $​70,000 $69,000 $62,308 $65,633
Public Interest ​2,387 25 21 19

 

 

Most Popular Markets for 2019
New York 25%  74 Jobs
Washington, D.C.
14%  40 Jobs
Michigan 12%  36 Jobs
Illinois
11%  34 Jobs
California 11% 33 Jobs

 

 

Breakdown of Jobs by Sector 2019
Law Firm 66%  197 Jobs
Clerkships 18% 53 Jobs
Public Interest 8% 25 Jobs
Government 5% 20 Jobs
Business/Industry 1% 4 Jobs
Academic < 1% 1 Jobs