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Comprehensive Employment Statistics

For the graduating class of 2012, 93 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], and 2012 [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 (2012) Michigan Law Data
    Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Graduating Class Size 46,364 388 379 374
Employment status known 44,339 384 378 371
Bar passage required 28,567 335 299 325
# for which salary is known 17,713 276 178 211
% for which salary is known 62% 82% 60% 65%
25th %ile of salary $50,000 $61,036 $62,467 $110,000
50th %ile of salary $62,300 $142,500 $147,500 $160,000
mean salary $83,531 $113,715 $118,950 $134,501
75th %ile of salary $120,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
JD Advantage† 5,877 18 44 14
Other Professional 2,168 1 11 4
Nonprofessional 811 1 1 1
Job type unknown 115 0 4 2
Pursuing advanced degree 928 6 2 12
Unemployed—not seeking 922 7 4 9
Unemployed—seeking 4,747 16 13 4
Employment Status Unknown† 2025 4 1 3

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

Employment by Category
  Latest National NALP Data Available (2012) Michigan Law Data
    Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Graduating Class Size 46,364 388 379 374
Academic 1,026 2 9 7
Business 6,701 24 38 16
Bar passage required 1,951 13 5 10
JD Advantage 2,628 9 23 3
Other Professional 1,408 1 9 2
Nonprofessional 696 1 1 1
Judicial Clerk 3,355 48 57 38
# for which salary is known 2,844 44 41 27
% for which salary is known 85% 92% 72% 71%
25th %ile of salary $44,065 $57,408 $57,408 $58,519
50th %ile of salary $52,600 $59,681 $60,681 $62,401
mean salary $51,838 $57,841 $60,007 $61,609
75th %ile of salary $60,000 $62,465 $62,401 $62,909
Private Practice 19,042 205 169 212
# for which salary is known 11,185 185 122 171
% for which salary is known 59% 90% 72% 81%
25th %ile of salary $55,000 $140,000 $145,000 $160,000
50th %ile of salary $90,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
mean salary $100,764 $142,111 $146,362 $151,889
75th %ile of salary $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
501+ attorneys 3,636 109 82 129
251–500 attorneys 1,001 34 27 31
101–250 attorneys 1,054 26 20 20
51–100 attorneys 861 5 6 6
26–50 attorneys 1,086 5 2 3
11–25 attorneys 1,888 6 8 6
2–10 attorneys 8,193 15 19 3
Solo practitioner 964 0 0 1
Unknown size 359 5 5 13
Government 4,556 28 34 34
# for which salary is known 2,656 19 12 9
% for which salary is known 58% 68% 35% 26%
25th %ile of salary $43,000 $55,000 $62,467 $62,467
50th %ile of salary $52,000 $62,467 $62,467 $62,467
mean salary $55,097 $65,469 $60,884 $60,353
75th %ile of salary $62,038 $72,234 $62,467 $62,467
Public Interest 2,705 45 47 37

Most Popular Markets 2012
New York 20.4% 70 Jobs
Michigan 14% 48 Jobs
Illinois 14% 48 Jobs
Washington, DC 12.5% 43 Jobs
California 10.5% 36 Jobs

Breakdown of Jobs by Sector 2012
Academic 0.6% 2 Jobs
Business 6.8% 24 Jobs
Judicial Clerkships 13.5% 48 Jobs
Unknown Type 0.8% 3 Jobs
Law Firms 57.7% 205 Jobs
Government 7.9% 28 Jobs
Public Interest 12.7% 45 Jobs

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