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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], and 2015 [PDF] NALP Summary Reports (partially redacted for privacy). 

In addition, we provide the ABA Employment Summary for 2015 [PDF], 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 (2015) Michigan Law Data
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Graduating Class Size 39,984 354 390 399
Employment status known 38,627 353 390 397
Bar passage required 25,712 327 360 341
# for which salary is known ​17,959 293 289 314
% for which salary is known 66.6% 90% 80% 92%
25th %ile of salary $​50,000 $63,700 $63,000 $62,909
50th %ile of salary $65,000​ $135,000 $145,000 $150,000
mean salary ​$86,566 $116,206 $115,947 $118,876
75th %ile of salary $130,000​ $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
JD Advantage† 5,592 11 12 16
Other Professional ​1,610 2 1 2
Nonprofessional 535 0 1 0
Job type unknown 20 0 0 0
Pursuing advanced degree 647​ 4 6 4
Start Date after 3/15/2016​ ​287 ​1 ​1 ​0
Unemployed—not seeking 507 3 3 5
Unemployed—seeking 3,717 5 6 29
Employment Status Unknown† 1,357 1 0 2

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

 

 

Employment by Category
  Latest National NALP Data Available (2015) Michigan Law Data
  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
Graduating Class Size 39,984 354 390 399
Academic 646 2 3 6
Business 5,769 15 17 13
Bar passage required 1,506 6 8 3
JD Advantage 2,816 7 8 8
Other Professional 985 2 1 2
Nonprofessional ​457 0 0 0
Judicial Clerk 3,353 60 70 48
# for which salary is known 2,769 54 52 46
% for which salary is known 83% 90% 74% 96%
25th %ile of salary ​$47,018 $57,500 $53,400 $54,084
50th %ile of salary ​$54,414 $59,838 $59,890 $60,934
mean salary $53,581 $59,675 $58,365 $58,287
75th %ile of salary $60,000​ $63,711 $63,366 $62,700
Private Practice 17,168 197 199 236
# for which salary is known ​11,374 193 190 227
% for which salary is known ​66% 98% 95% 96%
25th %ile of salary $60,000​ $140,000 $145,000 $135,000
50th %ile of salary $100,000​ $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
mean salary $104,135 $145,347 $145,577 $142,436
75th %ile of salary $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000
501+ attorneys 4,007 130 134 148
251–500 attorneys ​1,069 34 21 32
101–250 attorneys ​961 16 14 18
51–100 attorneys 810​ 5 8 8
26–50 attorneys 953 3 2 7
11–25 attorneys 1,759 3 10 6
2–10 attorneys 6,780 5 8 14
Solo practitioner 575​ 1 0 0
Unknown size 254 0 2 3
Government 4,117 32 40 29
# for which salary is known 2,667 23 28 20
% for which salary is known 65% 72% 70% 69%
25th %ile of salary ​$45,000 $52,000 $50,000 $50,904
50th %ile of salary ​$55,000 $60,600 $56,000 $59,723
mean salary ​$56,900 $64,079 $59,691 $59,957
75th %ile of salary $​63,538 $66,031 $64,269 $63,608
Public Interest ​2,359 34 45 27

 

 

Most Popular Markets for 2015
New York 23.24% 79 Jobs
Washington, DC 12.35% 42 Jobs
California 11.76% 40 Jobs
Illinois 11.47% 39 Jobs
Michigan 11.47% 39 Jobs

 

 

Breakdown of Jobs by Sector 2015
Law Firm 57.94% 197 Jobs
Clerkships 17.65% 60 Jobs
Public Interest 10.00% 34 Jobs
Government 9.41% 32 Jobs
Business/Industry 4.41% 15 Jobs
Academic 0.59% 2 Jobs