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Comprehensive Employment Statistics

For the graduating class of 2013, 91.4 percent were employed or continuing their education. The employment data 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], and 2013 [PDF] NALP Summary Reports (partially redacted for privacy).

In addition, we provide the ABA Employment Summary for 2013 [PDF], 2012 [PDF] and 2011 grads [PDF]. 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 (2013) Michigan Law Data
    Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011
Graduating Class Size 46,776 399 388 379
Employment status known 44,637 397 384 378
Bar passage required 28,746 341 335 299
# for which salary is known 18,364 314 276 178
% for which salary is known 64% 92% 82% 60%
25th %ile of salary $50,000 $62,909 $61,036 $62,467
50th %ile of salary $63,945 $150,000 $142,500 $147,500
mean salary $85,457 $118,876 $113,715 $118,950
75th %ile of salary $130,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
JD Advantage† 6,154 16 18 44
Other Professional 2,081 2 1 11
Nonprofessional 714 0 1 1
Job type unknown 35 0 0 4
Pursuing advanced degree 825 4 6 2
Unemployed—not seeking 780 5 7 4
Unemployed—seeking 4,996 29 16 13
Employment Status Unknown† 2139 2 4 1

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

Employment by Category
  Latest National NALP Data Available (2013) Michigan Law Data
    Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011
Graduating Class Size 46,776 399 388 379
Academic 986 6 2 9
Business 6,935 13 24 38
Bar passage required 1,967 3 13 5
JD Advantage 2,936 8 9 23
Other Professional 1,385 2 1 9
Nonprofessional 638 0 1 1
Judicial Clerk 3,393 48 48 57
# for which salary is known 2,891 46 44 41
% for which salary is known 85% 96% 92% 72%
25th %ile of salary $45,192 $54,084 $57,408 $57,408
50th %ile of salary $53,000 $60,934 $59,681 $60,681
mean salary $52,296 $58,287 $57,841 $60,007
75th %ile of salary $60,000 $62,700 $62,465 $62,401
Private Practice 19,272 236 205 169
# for which salary is known 11,842 227 185 122
% for which salary is known 61% 96% 90% 72%
25th %ile of salary $58,000 $135,000 $140,000 $145,000
50th %ile of salary $95,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
mean salary $102,590 $142,436 $142,111 $146,362
75th %ile of salary $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
501+ attorneys 3,980 148 109 82
251–500 attorneys 1,067 32 34 27
101–250 attorneys 1,043 18 26 20
51–100 attorneys 868 8 5 6
26–50 attorneys 1,083 7 5 2
11–25 attorneys 1,921 6 6 8
2–10 attorneys 8,087 14 15 19
Solo practitioner 933 0 0 0
Unknown size 290 3 5 5
Government 4,341 29 28 34
# for which salary is known 2,595 20 19 12
% for which salary is known 60% 69% 68% 35%
25th %ile of salary $42,500 $50,904 $55,000 $62,467
50th %ile of salary $52,000 $59,723 $62,467 $62,467
mean salary $54,641 $59,957 $65,469 $60,884
75th %ile of salary $61,000 $63,608 $72,234 $62,467
Public Interest 2,698 27 45 47

Most Popular Markets 2013
New York 19% 68 Jobs
Michigan 13.7% 49 Jobs
Illinois 17.1% 61 Jobs
Washington, DC 8.7% 31 Jobs
California 12.6% 45 Jobs

Breakdown of Jobs by Sector 2013
Academic 1.7% 5 Jobs
Business 3.6% 12 Jobs
Judicial Clerkships 13.4% 48 Jobs
Law Firms 65.7% 234 Jobs
Government 8.1% 29 Jobs
Public Interest 7.5% 27 Jobs

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