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Employment Statistics

The Penn Law experience enables our graduates to pursue successful and fulfilling careers. The data below attests to our continued success in the market.

This information is based on student survey responses, ABA and NALP data, and reflects employment as of the March 15 following graduation for the classes of 2014-2018. Please note that the judicial clerkship chart reflects a different time period and includes alumni. 

General Employment Information 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Graduating Class Size 243 256 258 246 278
Employment Status Known 243 256 258 245 278
Employed 241 254 253 240 274
Start Date Deferred 0 0 0 0 1
Seeking Employment 1 1 2 2 0
Not Seeking Employment 0 0 0 2 0
Enrolled in Full-Time Degree 1 1 3 1 3
Unknown 0 0 0 1 0

Penn Law’s cross-disciplinary JD program prepares students for a range of careers in the law and related fields, complemented by professional development programs that build skills necessary to pursue the best jobs and careers. At Penn Law, students are exposed to the widest variety of legal employers, nationally and internationally, as well as to Penn alumni worldwide who have used their law degrees to push the boundaries in their fields.

Job Type 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Law Firm 182 183 180 173 207
2-10 2 2 1 3 4
11-25 0 0 0 2 5
26-50 1 1 3 3 4
51-100 2 7 6 4 1
101-250 8 6 7 5 13
251-500 17 17 25 23 24
501+ 152 150 138 133 155
Unknown size 0 0 0 0 0
Solo Practice 0 0 0 0 1
Judicial Clerk 26 39 33 34 36
Business or Industry 11 15 21 12 10
Government/Military 10 6 8 7 9
Public Interest 12 10 11 14 10
Academic 0 1 0 0 2
Law School Funded (Short-Term)  2 1 0 3 0
Law School Funded (Long-Term)
10 5 4 6 9
Other Short Term
0 0 2 0 1

2018

Salary Information 2018
  25th Percentile  Median  75th Percentile  Mean Salaries Reported
Salary -
All Job Types
$160,000 $180,000 $180,000 $151,859

233/241 (97%)

Law Firm $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 $175,510

181/182 (99%)

2-10 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported
11-25 - - - - -
26-50 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported
51-100 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported
101-250 $160,000 $175,000 $180,000 $170,625

8/8 (100%)

251-500 $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 $176,875

16/17 (94%)

501+ $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 $178,693

152/152 (100%)

Unknown size - - - -  -
Solo Practice - - - - -
Judicial Clerk  $55,925  $65,732  $66,110  $61,439

 22/26 (85%)

Business or Industry $115,000 $137,500 $157,500 $141,875

8/11 (73%)

Government/
Military
$40,250 $51,412 $58,000 $58,215

 10/10 (100%)

Public Interest $40,000 $45,000 $50,000 $45,583

 12/12 (100%)

Academic - - - - -

    2017

Salary Information 2017
  25th Percentile  Median  75th Percentile  Mean Salaries Reported
Salary -
All Job Types
$125,000 $180,000 $180,000 $147,967

247/254 (97%)

Law Firm $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 $174,088

181/183 (99%)

2-10 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported
11-25 - - - - -
26-50 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported
51-100 $100,000 $160,000 $160,000 $136,667 6/7 (86%)
101-250 $160,000 $170,000 $183,750 $167,500

6/6 (100%)

251-500 $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 $175,588

17/17 (100%)

501+ $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 $177,107

150/150 (100%)

Unknown size - - - -  -
Solo Practice - - - - -
Judicial Clerk  $57,550  $64,820  $66,110  $61,637

 37/39 (95%)

Business or Industry $125,000 $148,750 $152,500 $147,708

12/15 (80%)

Government/
Military
$45,599 $51,478 $72,989 $60,126

 6/6 (100%)

Public Interest $50,000 $51,500 $53,125 $51,200

 10/10 (100%)

Academic < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported

    2016

Salary Information 2016
  25th Percentile  Median  75th Percentile  Mean Salaries Reported
Salary -
All Job Types
$125,000 $180,000 $180,000 $149,011

245/253 (97%)

Law Firm $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 $173,030

179/180 (99%)

2-10 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported
11-25 - - - - -
26-50 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported
51-100 $102,500 $115,000 $150,000 $126,667 6/6 (100%)
101-250 $155,000 $160,000 $160,000 $155,714

7/7 (100%)

251-500 $170,000 $180,000 $180,000 $169,494

25/25 (100%)

501+ $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 $177,645

138/138 (100%)

Unknown size - - - -  -
Solo Practice - - - - -
Judicial Clerk  $54,711  $62,000  $63,886  $58,764

 31/33 (94%)

Business or Industry $125,000 $145,000 $200,000 $162,000

17/21 (81%)

Government/
Military
$53,000 $60,892 $63,412 $59,367

 8/8 (100%)

Public Interest $45,500 $48,250 $50,000 $48,482

 10/11 (91%)

Academic - - - -  -

    2015

Salary Information 2015
  25th Percentile  Median  75th Percentile  Mean Salaries Reported
Salary -
All Job Types
$100,000 $160,000 $160,000 $131,638

235/240 (98%)

Law Firm $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $154,192

172/173 (99%)

2-10 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported
11-25 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported
26-50 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported
51-100 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported
101-250 $150,000 $160,000 $160,000 $148,000

5/5 (100%)

251-500 $150,000 $160,000 $160,000 $152,391

23/23 (100%)

501+ $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $158,397

133/133 (100%)

Unknown size - - - -  -
Solo Practice - - - - -
Judicial Clerk  $52,000  $60,000  $63,161  $58,431

 31/34 (91%)

Business or Industry $100,000 $125,000 $150,000 $135,000

11/12 (92%)

Government/
Military
$52,237 $62,000 $64,045 $59,652

 7/7 (100%)

Public Interest $45,000 $47,000 $55,000 $50,000

 14/14 (100%)

Academic - - - -  -

    2014

Salary Information 2014
  25th Percentile  Median  75th Percentile  Mean Salaries Reported
Salary -
All Job Types
$100,000 $160,000 $160,000 $130,518

270/274 (98%)

Law Firm $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $151,413

206/207 (99%)

2-10 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported
11-25 $61,500 $100,000 $152,500 $105,600  5/5 (100%)
26-50 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported
51-100 < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported
101-250 $127,500 $160,000 $160,000 $144,231

13/13 (100%)

251-500 $142,500 $160,000 $160,000 $151,771

24/24 (100%)

501+ $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $157,161

155/155 (100%)

Unknown size - - - -  -
Solo Practice < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported
Judicial Clerk  $51,250  $60,000  $61,245  $58,355

 34/36 (94%)

Business or Industry $100,000 $120,000 $135,000 $116,667

9/10 (90%)

Government/
Military
$25,000 $60,000 $60,000 $48,922

 9/9 (100%)

Public Interest $41,250 $49,000 $55,066 $46,126

 10/10 (100%)

Academic < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported

Judicial Clerkships

Penn Law students receive unparalleled support from staff and faculty in their pursuit of judicial clerkships. And today, recent clerkship placements are at the highest levels in our history. For the years 2012-17, our students and alumni secured 434 clerkships at all levels.

Judicial Clerkships FIVE YEARS: May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2018 May 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018 May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017 May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016 May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015 May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014
 
US Supreme Court 1 - - 1 -

-

Circuit 116 21 24 28 18 25
District 204 39 31 43 44 47
Staff Attorneys 2 - - 1 1 -
Armed Forces Court of Appeals 1 - - - 1  -
Magistrate 17 5 3 4 2 3
Bankruptcy 5 - 2 - 1 2
U.S. Court of International Trade 1 1 - - - -
U.S. Court of Federal Claims 5 1 1 - 2 1
Federal Administrative Law Judge 3 - - 1 1 2
Delaware Chancery 11 - 2 2 4 3
State Supreme 12 1 3 2 5 1
State Intermediate 10 2 2 3 1 2
State Trial 22 4 4 2 8 4
International 5 1 1 - 2 1
Subtotal for students 250 41 52 57 45 55
Subtotal for alumni 165 34 21 30 45 35
Total 415 75 73 87 90 90

       

Employment Requirements 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Bar Passage Required - Full-time* 228 238 234 230 263
Bar Passage Required - Part-time 0 0 1 0 1
J.D. Advantage 12 16 17 10 10
Professional 1 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional 0 0 1 0 0

* Includes graduates in bar-passage required positions funded by the law school.