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         The University of Michigan Law School


Comprehensive Employment Statistics

For the graduating class of 2015, 97.2 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 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 2016
Class of 2015
Class of 2014
Graduating Class Size 37,124 327 354 390
Employment status known 35,815 327 353 390
Bar passage required 24,243 310 327 360
# for which salary is known ​17,454 296 293 289
% for which salary is known 67.7% 95% 90% 80%
25th %ile of salary $​52,000 $62,051 $63,700 $63,000
50th %ile of salary $66,499​ $145,000 $135,000 $145,000
mean salary ​$93,447 $124,120 $116,206 $115,947
75th %ile of salary $150,000​ $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
JD Advantage† 5,311 6 11 12
Other Professional ​1,355 0 2 1
Nonprofessional 432 1 0 1
Job type unknown 13 0 0 0
Continuing Studies Full-time 594 3 4 6
Start Date after 3/15/2017​ ​248 ​1 ​1 ​1
Unemployed—not seeking 474 0 3 3
Unemployed—seeking 3,145 6 5 6
Employment Status Unknown† 768 0 1 0

†"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 2016
Class of 2015
Class of 2014
Graduating Class Size 37,124 327 354 390
Academic 586 2 2 3
Business 4,887 6 15 17
Bar passage required 1,174 2 6 8
JD Advantage 2,537 3 7 8
Other Professional 805 2 2 1
Nonprofessional ​369 0 0 0
Judicial Clerk 3,300
67 60 70
# for which salary is known 2,775 67 54 52
% for which salary is known 84% 100% 90% 74%
25th %ile of salary ​$47,958 $54,000 $57,500 $53,400
50th %ile of salary ​$55,000 $59,500 $59,838 $59,890
mean salary $54,725 $58,881 $59,675 $58,365
75th %ile of salary $61,588 $64,000 $63,711 $63,366
Private Practice 16,601 198 197 199
# for which salary is known ​11,163 195 193 190
% for which salary is known ​67% 98% 98% 95%
25th %ile of salary $60,000​ $145,000 $140,000 $145,000
50th %ile of salary $104,000​ $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
mean salary $113,571 $158,448 $145,347 $145,577
75th %ile of salary $180,000 $180,000 $160,000 $160,000
501+ attorneys 4,238 126 130 134
251–500 attorneys ​1,007 31 34 21
101–250 attorneys ​948 19 16 14
51–100 attorneys 803​ 4 5 8
26–50 attorneys 938 3 3 2
11–25 attorneys 1,724 7 3 10
2–10 attorneys 6,204 7 5 8
Solo practitioner 467 1 1 0
Unknown size 212 0 0 2
Government 3,804 21 32 40
# for which salary is known 2,471 14 23 28
% for which salary is known 65% 67% 72% 70%
25th %ile of salary ​$49,000 $50,000 $52,000 $50,000
50th %ile of salary ​$59,000 $61,500 $60,600 $56,000
mean salary ​$59,122 $57,501 $64,079 $59,691
75th %ile of salary $​65,000 $63,936 $66,031 $64,269
Public Interest ​2,156 23 34 45

 

 

Most Popular Markets for 2016
New York 23.03%  73 Jobs
Illinois 12.93%  41 Jobs
Michigan 12.62%  40 Jobs
California 10.41%  33 Jobs
Washington, D.C. 10.09%  22 Jobs

 

 

Breakdown of Jobs by Sector 2016
Law Firm 62.46%  198 Jobs
Clerkships 21.14% 67 Jobs
Public Interest 7.26% 23 Jobs
Government 6.62% 21 Jobs
Business/Industry 1.89% 6 Jobs
Academic 0.63% 2 Jobs