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Comprehensive Employment Statistics

For the graduating class of 2017, 97.9 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], and 2016 [PDF] NALP Summary Reports (partially redacted for privacy). 

In addition, we provide the ABA Employment Summary for 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 (2016) Michigan Law Data
  Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Class of 2015
Graduating Class Size 37,124 333 327 354
Employment status known 35,815 331 327 353
Bar passage required 24,243 314 310 327
# for which salary is known ​17,454 305
296 293
% for which salary is known 67.7% 97% 95% 90%
25th %ile of salary $​52,000 $65,575 $62,051 $63,700
50th %ile of salary $66,499​ $160,000 $145,000 $135,000
mean salary ​$93,447 $128,637 $124,120 $116,206
75th %ile of salary $150,000​ $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
JD Advantage† 5,311 9 6 11
Other Professional ​1,355 0 0 2
Nonprofessional 432 0 1 0
Job type unknown 13 0 0 0
Continuing Studies Full-time 594 3 3 4
Start Date after 3/15/2017​ ​248 ​0 ​1 ​1
Unemployed—not seeking 474 3
0 3
Unemployed—seeking 3,145 2 6 5
Employment Status Unknown† 768 2 0 1

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

 

 

Employment by Category
  Latest National NALP Data Available (2016) Michigan Law Data
  Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Class of 2015
Graduating Class Size 37,124 333 327 354
Academic 586 1 2 2
Business 4,887 9 6 15
Bar passage required 1,174 2 2 6
JD Advantage 2,537 7 3 7
Other Professional 805 0 2 2
Nonprofessional ​369 0 0 0
Judicial Clerk 3,300
62 67 60
# for which salary is known 2,775 62 67 54
% for which salary is known 84% 100% 100% 90%
25th %ile of salary ​$47,958 $58,620 $54,000 $57,500
50th %ile of salary ​$55,000 $60,605 $59,500 $59,838
mean salary $54,725 $61,155 $58,881 $59,675
75th %ile of salary $61,588 $66,993 $64,000 $63,711
Private Practice 16,601 225 198 197
# for which salary is known ​11,163 213 195 193
% for which salary is known ​67% 95% 98% 98%
25th %ile of salary $60,000​ $157,500 $145,000 $140,000
50th %ile of salary $104,000​ $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
mean salary $113,571 $160,800 $158,448 $145,347
75th %ile of salary $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 $160,000
501+ attorneys 4,238 137 126 130
251–500 attorneys ​1,007 37 31 34
101–250 attorneys ​948 15 19 16
51–100 attorneys 803​ 7 4 5
26–50 attorneys 938 8 3 3
11–25 attorneys 1,724 5 7 3
2–10 attorneys 6,204 6
7 5
Solo practitioner 467 1 1 1
Unknown size 212 0 0 0
Government 3,804 16 21 32
# for which salary is known 2,471 16 14
23
% for which salary is known 65% 100% 67% 72%
25th %ile of salary ​$49,000 $40,274 $50,000 $52,000
50th %ile of salary ​$59,000 $60,000 $61,500 $60,600
mean salary ​$59,122 $58,837 $57,501 $64,079
75th %ile of salary $​65,000 $65,633 $63,936 $66,031
Public Interest ​2,156 19 23 34

 

 

Most Popular Markets for 2017
New York 27.33%  91 Jobs
California 14.41%  48 Jobs
Michigan 13.51%  45 Jobs
Illinois 13.51%  45 Jobs
Washington, D.C. 6.31% 21 Jobs

 

 

Breakdown of Jobs by Sector 2017
Law Firm 66.87%  216 Jobs
Clerkships 19.20% 62 Jobs
Public Interest 5.88% 19 Jobs
Government 4.95% 16 Jobs
Business/Industry 2.79% 9 Jobs
Academic 0.31% 1 Job