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Employment Statistics

The Penn Law experience enables our graduates to pursue successful and fulfilling careers, even in uncertain economic times. 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 February 15 following graduation for the classes of 2010-2013 and as of the March 15 following graduation for the class of 2014. Please note that the judicial clerkship chart reflects a different time period and includes alumni. 

General Employment Information 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Graduating Class Size 278 259 270 274 276
Employment Status Known 278 259 270 274 274
Employed 274 252 265 262 265
Start Date Deferred 1 1 0 0 0
Seeking Employment 0 4 5 6 3
Not Seeking Employment 0 0 0 3 1
Enrolled in Full-Time Degree 3 2 0 3 5
Unknown 0 0 0 0 2

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 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Law Firm 210 167 196 179 180
2-10 4 4 3 6 5
11-25 5 2 3 5 3
26-50 4 3 5 4 4
51-100 1 3 5 3 4
101-250 13 11 17 14 13
251-500 24 18 25 21 10
501+ 158 126 138 125 139
Unknown size 0 0 0 0 2
Solo Practice 1 0 0 1 0
Judicial Clerk 33 41 40  41  49
Business or Industry 10 19 12 18 9
Government/Military 9 9 6 11 11
Public Interest 10 14 10 10 14
Academic 2 2 3 2
Law School Funded (Short-Term)  0 0 0 7 11
Law School Funded (Long-Term)
9 13 4 2
Other Short Term
1 1 4 4

    2014

Salary Information 2014
  25th Percentile  Median  75th Percentile  Mean Salaries Reported
Salary -
All Job Types
$113,750 $160,000 $160,000 $131,622

270/274 (98%)

Law Firm $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $151,536

209/210 (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 $157,215

158/158 (100%)

Unknown size - - - -  -
Solo Practice < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported
Judicial Clerk  $50,622  $60,000  $61,622  $58,139

 31/33 (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

    2013

Salary Information 2013
  25th Percentile  Median  75th Percentile  Mean Salaries Reported
Salary -
All Job Types
$81,204 $160,000 $160,000 $127,664

235/252 (93%)

Law Firm $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $155,067

163/167 (98%)

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 $145,000 $160,000 $160,000 $151,364

11/11 (100%)

251-500 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $155,278

18/18 (100%)

501+ $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $157,183

126/126 (100%)

Unknown size - - - -  -
Solo Practice - - - -  -
Judicial Clerk  $50,182  $60,000  $60,761  $55,201

40/41 (98%)

Business or Industry $100,000 $110,000 $135,000 $123,846

13/19 (68%)

Government/
Military
$33,375 $60,000 $71,602 $54,708

7/9 (78%)

Public Interest $18,000 $45,000 $51,000 $38,682

 11/14 (79%)

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

2012

Salary Information 2012
  25th Percentile  Median  75th Percentile  Mean Salaries Reported
Salary -
All Job Types
$100,000 $160,000 $160,000 $130,957

252/265 (95%)

Law Firm $145,000 $160,000 $160,000 $149,781

192/196 (98%)

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 $100,000 $105,000 $147,500 $120,000 5/5 (100%)
101-250 $140,000 $160,000 $160,000 $150,588

17/17 (100%)

251-500 $125,000 $135,000 $160,000 $137,280

25/25 (100%)

501+ $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $156,314

137/138 (99%)

Unknown size - - - -  -
Solo Practice - - - -  -
Judicial Clerk  $55,288  $61,245  $61,250  $56,909

36/40 (90%)

Business or Industry $100,000 $130,000 $140,000 $144,545

11/12 (92%)

Government/
Military
$56,500 $60,000 $60,000 $55,793

5/6 (83%)

Public Interest $36,100 $43,750 $46,387 $40,684

 8/10 (80%)

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

2011

Salary Information 2011
  25th Percentile  Median  75th Percentile  Mean Salaries Reported
Salary -
All Job Types
$62,688 $145,000 $160,000 $122,227 241/262 (92%)
Law Firm $145,000 $160,000 $160,000 $148,464 169/179 (94%)
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 $113,750 $135,000 $160,000 $133,571 14/14 (100%)
251-500 $137,500 $160,000 $160,000 $151,400 20/21 (95%)
501+ $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $154,837 123/125 (98%)
Unknown size - - - -  -
Solo Practice < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported
Judicial Clerk  $50,000  $59,266  $61,245  $55,020 40/41 (98%)
Business or Industry $48,750 $81,600 $106,250 $83,800 14/18 (78%)
Government/
Military
$45,750 $49,001 $70,602 $55,421 8/11 (73%)
Public Interest $42,500 $42,500 $46,000 $44,843  7/10(70%)
Academic < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported

2010

Salary Information 2010
  25th Percentile  Median  75th Percentile  Mean Salaries Reported
Salary -
All Job Types
$73,408 $160,000 $160,000 $127,080 233/265 (88%)
Law Firm $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $152,100 170/180 (94%)
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 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $154,000  13/13 (100%)
251-500 $145,000 $160,000 $160,000 $150,500 10/10 (100%)
501+ $160,000 $160,000 $160,000 $156,123 138/139 (99%)
Unknown size < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported
Solo Practice - - - - -
Judicial Clerk  $50,356  $66,897  $73,408  $61,987 48/49 (98%)
Business or Industry < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported  < 5 reported
Government/
Military
$45,187 $62,467 $62,467 $53,171 7/11 (64%)
Public Interest $42,500 $45,000 $51,000 $48,429 7/14 (50%)
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 2009-14, our students and alumni secured 415 clerkships at all levels.

Judicial Clerkships FIVE YEARS: May 1, 2010 - April 30, 2015 May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2015 May 1, 2013 - April 30, 2014 May 1, 2012 - April 30, 2013 May 1, 2011 - April 30, 2012 May 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011
 
US Supreme Court 3 - - 1 1 1
Circuit 116 18 25 27 22 24
District 191 44 48 41 26 32
Staff Attorneys 3 1 - 1 1 -
Armed Forces Courts of Appeals 1 1        
Magistrate 17 2 3 5 4 3
Bankruptcy 9 1 2 - - 6
Tax 1 - - - - 1
U.S. Court of International Trade 1 - - 1 - -
U.S. Court of Federal Claims 6 2 1 2 1 -
Federal Administrative Law Judge 3 1 - 1 - 1
Immigration Court 1 - 1 - - -
Delaware Chancery 18 4 3 5 3 3
State Supreme 13 4 1 5 1 2
State Intermediate 14 1 2 3 4 4
State Trial 25 8 4 1 5 7
International 5 2 1 1 1 -
Subtotal for students 243 44 55 58 40 46
Subtotal for alumni 184 45 36 36 29 38
Total 427 89 91 94 69 84

       

Employment Requirements 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Bar Required - Full-time 263 236 256 235 244
Bar Required - Part-time 1 1 2 7 11
J.D. Advantage 10 15 7 19 8
Professional-Other 0 0 0 1 2