Comprehensive Employment Statistics

For the graduating class of 2020, 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], 2017 [PDF], 2018 [PDF], 2019 [PDF], and 2020 [PDF] NALP Summary Reports (partially redacted for privacy). 

In addition, we provide the ABA Employment Summary for 2020 [PDF]*, 2019 [PDF],  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.)

*Information on employment outcomes for the Class of 2020 many not reflect a particular law school's typical results in this area.  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bar admissions exams were canceled or delayed in many jurisdictions, thus making it more challenging for graduates to secure employment by the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15.  Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at www.abarequireddisclosures.org.

Most Popular Markets

Class of 2016-2020

  • New York: 24%
  • Illinois: 14%
  • Michigan: 12%
  • California: 11%
  • Washington, D.C.: 10% 

Breakdown of Jobs by Sector

Class of 2020

  • Law Firms: 64%
  • Clerkships: 17%
  • Public Interest: 11%
  • Government: 6%
  • Business or Industry: <1%
  • Academia: <1%



General Employment Information
 Latest National NALP Data Available (2020) Michigan Law Data
 Class of 2020
Class of 2019
Class of 2018
Graduating Class Size 34,420 332 307 291
Employment status known 33,706 330 306 289
Bar passage required 24,782 316
293 272
# for which salary is known ​17,002 305
287266
% for which salary is known 74.6% 95.8% 98% 98%
25th %ile of salary $​60,000 $70,000 $66,991 $65,000
50th %ile of salary $75,000 $190,000 $190,000 $180,000
mean salary ​$105,034 $141,899 $140,205 $133,056
75th %ile of salary $180,000​ $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
JD Advantage† 3,465 7 6 10
Other Professional 845 0 0 0
Nonprofessional 265 0 1 2
Job type unknown 25 0 0 0
Enrolled in Graduate Studies 453 1 0 1
Start Date after 3/15/2021​ 314 ​0 ​1 1
Unemployed—not seeking 3951
2 2
Unemployed—seeking 2,691 5 3 1
Employment Status Unknown†714
2 1 2

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

 

 

Employment by Category
 Latest National NALP Data Available (2020) Michigan Law Data
 Class of 2020
Class of 2019
Class of 2018
Graduating Class Size 34,420 332 307 291
Academic 430 1 1 5
Business 3,092 3 4 11
Bar passage required 894 0 1 3
JD Advantage 1,494 3 2 7
Other Professional 480 0 0 0
Nonprofessional 217 0 1 1
Judicial Clerk 3,215
56 53 55
# for which salary is known 2,458 55 51 55
% for which salary is known 76% 98%96% 100%
25th %ile of salary ​$51,574 $60,000 $61,218 $60,000
50th %ile of salary ​$60,000 $65,000 $63,192 $61,218
mean salary$59,608 $64,618 $63,786 $62,083
75th %ile of salary $66,891 $70,000 $66,991 $66,689
Private Practice 16,678 208 197 176
# for which salary is known ​10,818 207 195 174
% for which salary is known ​65% 99.5% 99% 99%
25th %ile of salary $72,500​ $190,000 $190,000 $180,000
50th %ile of salary $130,000​ $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
mean salary$129,309 $179,510 $177,010 $172,351
75th %ile of salary$190,000 $190,000 $190,000 $190,000
501+ attorneys 5,079 157 143 127
251–500 attorneys 1,02429
30 22
101–250 attorneys ​997 8 5 8
51–100 attorneys 862​ 4 9 4
26–50 attorneys 1,036 4 7 4
11–25 attorneys 1,809 3 24
1–10 attorneys 5,4783
1 7
Solo practitioner 273 0 01
Unknown size120 0 00
Government3,379 19 20 16
# for which salary is known 2,103 1617
16
% for which salary is known62% 84% 85% 100%
25th %ile of salary ​$52,900 $60,480 $50,000 $40,000
50th %ile of salary ​$64,000 $69,250 $60,000 $56,000
mean salary ​$65,042 $65,027 $65,420 $56,440
75th %ile of salary $​72,000 $72,030 $69,000 $62,308
Public Interest ​2,557 36 25 21

 

 

Most Popular Markets for 2020
New York 18%  58 Jobs
Illinois
18%  58 Jobs
Washington, D.C. 14.9%  48 Jobs
California
9.3%  30 Jobs
Michigan 8% 26 Jobs

 

 

Breakdown of Jobs by Sector 2020
Law Firm 64.4%  208 Jobs
Clerkships 17.3% 56 Jobs
Public Interest 11.1% 36 Jobs
Government 5.9% 19 Jobs
Business/Industry < 1% 3 Jobs
Academic < 1% 1 Jobs