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         The University of Michigan Law School


Comprehensive Employment Statistics

For the graduating class of 2018, 98 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], 2016 [PDF] and 2017 [PDF] NALP Summary Reports (partially redacted for privacy). 

In addition, we provide the ABA Employment Summary for 2018 [PDF],  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 (2017) Michigan Law Data
  Class of 2018
Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Graduating Class Size 34,922 291 333 327
Employment status known 33,966 289 331 327
Bar passage required 24,378 272 314 310
# for which salary is known ​17,556 266
305 296
% for which salary is known 72% 98% 97% 95%
25th %ile of salary $​55,000 $65,000 $65,575 $62,051
50th %ile of salary $70,000​ $180,000 $160,000 $145,000
mean salary ​$97,813 $133,056 $128,637 $124,120
75th %ile of salary $160,000​ $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
JD Advantage† 4,193 10 9 6
Other Professional ​1,110 0 0 0
Nonprofessional 399 2 0 1
Job type unknown 24 0 0 0
Continuing Studies Full-time 531 1 3 3
Start Date after 3/15/2018​ ​282 ​1 ​0 ​1
Unemployed—not seeking 443 2
3 0
Unemployed—seeking 2,606 1 2 6
Employment Status Unknown† 501 2 2 0

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

 

 

Employment by Category
  Latest National NALP Data Available (2017) Michigan Law Data
  Class of 2018
Class of 2017
Class of 2016
Graduating Class Size 34,922 291 333 327
Academic 486 5 1 2
Business 4,179 11 9 6
Bar passage required 1,107 3 2 2
JD Advantage 2,075 7 7 3
Other Professional 644 0 0 2
Nonprofessional ​347 1 0 0
Judicial Clerk 3,232
55 62 67
# for which salary is known 2,687 55 62 67
% for which salary is known 83% 100% 100% 100%
25th %ile of salary ​$49,571 $60,000 $58,620 $54,000
50th %ile of salary ​$56,748 $61,218 $60,605 $59,500
mean salary $56,013 $62,083 $61,155 $58,881
75th %ile of salary $62,000 $66,689 $66,993 $64,000
Private Practice 16,390 176 225 198
# for which salary is known ​11,279 174 213 195
% for which salary is known ​69% 99% 95% 98%
25th %ile of salary $65,000​ $180,000 $157,500 $145,000
50th %ile of salary $117,000​ $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
mean salary $119,739 $172,351 $160,800 $158,448
75th %ile of salary $180,000 $190,000 $180,000 $180,000
501+ attorneys 4,610 127 137 126
251–500 attorneys ​1,009 22 37 31
101–250 attorneys ​965 8 15 19
51–100 attorneys 797​ 4 7 4
26–50 attorneys 1,001 4 8 3
11–25 attorneys 1,697 4 5 7
1–10 attorneys 5,793 7
6 7
Solo practitioner 408 0 1 1
Unknown size 110 0 0 0
Government 3,614 16 16 21
# for which salary is known 2,311 16 16
14
% for which salary is known 64% 100% 100% 67%
25th %ile of salary ​$48,000 $40,000 $40,274 $50,000
50th %ile of salary ​$60,000 $56,000 $60,000 $61,500
mean salary ​$60,361 $56,440 $58,837 $57,501
75th %ile of salary $​66,268 $62,308 $65,633 $63,936
Public Interest ​2,161 21 19 23

 

 

Most Popular Markets for 2018
New York 27%  78 Jobs
Illinois 12%  34 Jobs
Michigan 11%  31 Jobs
Washington, D.C. 10%  29 Jobs
California 10% 27 Jobs

 

 

Breakdown of Jobs by Sector 2018
Law Firm 62%  176 Jobs
Clerkships 19% 55 Jobs
Government 8% 22 Jobs
Public Interest 5% 15 Jobs
Business/Industry 4% 11 Jobs
Academic 2% 5 Jobs