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Comprehensive Employment Statistics

For the graduating class of 2014, 97.4 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]  and 2014 [PDF] NALP Summary Reports (partially redacted for privacy). 

In addition, we provide the ABA Employment Summary for 2014 [PDF], 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 (2014) Michigan Law Data
  Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Graduating Class Size 43,832​ 390 399 388
Employment status known 42,139 390 397 384
Bar passage required 27,928 360 341 335
# for which salary is known ​18,772 289 314 276
% for which salary is known 66.3% 80% 92% 82%
25th %ile of salary $​50,000 $63,000 $62,909 $61,036
50th %ile of salary $63,600​ $145,000 $150,000 $142,500
mean salary ​$84,866 $115,947 $118,876 $113,715
75th %ile of salary $125,000​ $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
JD Advantage† 6,228​ 12 16 18
Other Professional ​1,764 1 2 1
Nonprofessional 594​ 1 0 1
Job type unknown 16​ 0 0 0
Pursuing advanced degree 681​ 6 4 6
Start Date after 3/15/2015​ ​307 ​1 ​0 ​0
Unemployed—not seeking 553​ 3 5 7
Unemployed—seeking 4,068​ 6 29 16
Employment Status Unknown† 1,693 0 2 4

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

 

 

Employment by Category
  Latest National NALP Data Available (2014) Michigan Law Data
  Class of 2014 Class of 2013 Class of 2012
Graduating Class Size 43,832​ 390 399 388
Academic 768​ 3 6 2
Business 6,584 17 13 24
Bar passage required 1,794​ 8 3 13
JD Advantage 3,118​ 8 8 9
Other Professional 1,151​ 1 2 1
Nonprofessional ​517 0 0 1
Judicial Clerk 3,370 70 48 48
# for which salary is known 2,858​ 52 46 44
% for which salary is known 85% 74% 96% 92%
25th %ile of salary ​$46,096 $53,400 $54,084 $57,408
50th %ile of salary ​$54,000 $59,890 $60,934 $59,681
mean salary $53,148 $58,365 $58,287 $57,841
75th %ile of salary $60,000​ $63,366 $62,700 $62,465
Private Practice 18,587 199 236 205
# for which salary is known ​11,776 190 227 185
% for which salary is known ​63% 95% 96% 90%
25th %ile of salary $58,000​ $145,000 $135,000 $140,000
50th %ile of salary $95,000​ $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
mean salary $102,609 $145,577 $142,436 $142,111
75th %ile of salary $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
501+ attorneys 3,952​ 134 148 109
251–500 attorneys ​1,091 21 32 34
101–250 attorneys ​1,090 14 18 26
51–100 attorneys 797​ 8 8 5
26–50 attorneys 1,044​ 2 7 5
11–25 attorneys 1,870​ 10 6 6
2–10 attorneys 7,670​ 8 14 15
Solo practitioner 816​ 0 0 0
Unknown size 257 2 3 5
Government 4,441 40 29 28
# for which salary is known 2,865​ 28 20 19
% for which salary is known 65% 70% 69% 68%
25th %ile of salary ​$44,000 $50,000 $50,904 $55,000
50th %ile of salary ​$52,668 $56,000 $59,723 $62,467
mean salary ​$54,817 $59,691 $59,957 $65,469
75th %ile of salary $​62,000 $64,269 $63,608 $72,234
Public Interest ​2,686 45 27 45

 

 

Most Popular Markets 2014
New York 19.8% 74 Jobs
Illinois 15% 56 Jobs
Washington, DC 12.6% 47 Jobs
Michigan 11.8% 44 Jobs
California 9.1% 34 Jobs

 

 

Breakdown of Jobs by Sector 2014
Law Firm 53.2% 199 Jobs
Judicial Clerkships 18.7% 70 Jobs
Public Interest 12% 45 Jobs
Government 10.7% 40 Jobs
Business or Industry 4.5% 17 Jobs
Academic 0.8% 3 Jobs
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