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Employment Statistics

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School 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 listed below. Please note that the judicial clerkship chart reflects a different time period and includes alumni. 

General Employment Information 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Graduating Class Size 258 250 243 256 258
Employment Status Known 258 250 243 256 258
Employed 257 248 241 254 253
Start Date Deferred 0 0 0 0 0
Seeking Employment 0 1 1 1 2
Not Seeking Employment 1 0 0 0 0
Enrolled in Full-Time Degree 0 1 1 1 3
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0

The Law School’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 the Law School, 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 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Law Firm 189 188 182 183 180
2-10 2 5 2 2 1
11-25 4 1 0 0 0
26-50 2 3 1 1 3
51-100 4 3 2 7 6
101-250 8 8 8 6 7
251-500 20 17 17 17 25
501+ 149 151 152 150 138
Unknown size 0 0 0 0 0
Solo Practice 0 0 0 0 0
Judicial Clerk 26 29 26 39 33
Business or Industry 15 8 11 15 21
Government/Military 6 9 10 6 8
Public Interest 20 14 12 10 11
Academic 1 0 0 1 0
Law School Funded (Short-Term)  0 2 2 1 0
Law School Funded (Long-Term)
11 7 10 5 4
Other Short Term
0 1 0 0 2
  Class of 2020 salary table coming soon!

    2019

Salary Information 2019
  25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile Mean Salaries Reported
Salary -
All Job Types
$150,000 $190,000 $190,000 $158,794

237/248 (96%)

Law Firm $190,000 $190,000 $190,000 $183,992

184/188 (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 $102,500 $147,500 $175,000 $129,038

8/8 (100%)

251-500 $190,000 $190,000 $190,000 $190,882

17/17 (100%)

501+ $190,000 $190,000 $190,000 $188,742

151/151 (100%)

Unknown size - - - - -
Solo Practice - - - - -
Judicial Clerk $61,218 $65,580 $68,036 $63,989

29/29 (100%)

Business or Industry < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported < 5 reported

< 5 reported

Government/
Military
$60,000 $60,000 $67,500 $64,186

7/9 (78%)

Public Interest $45,000 $53,000 $56,000 $52,270

13/14 (93%)

Academic - - - - -

    2018

Salary Information 2018
  25th Percentile  Median  75th Percentile  Mean Salaries Reported
Salary -
All Job Types
$160,000 $190,000 $190,000 $157,627

233/241 (97%)

Law Firm $190,000 $190,000 $190,000 $183,311

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 $190,000 $173,125

8/8 (100%)

251-500 $190,000 $190,000 $190,000 $185,938

16/17 (94%)

501+ $190,000 $190,000 $190,000 $186,818

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 - - - -  -

Judicial Clerkships

Law School 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 2015-20, our students and alumni secured 386 clerkships at all levels.

Judicial Clerkships FIVE YEARS: May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2020 May 1, 2019 - April 30, 2020 May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019 May 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018 May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017 May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016
 
US Supreme Court 2 1 - - -

1

Circuit 111 23 15 21 24 28
District 190 47 30 39 31 43
Federal Staff Attorneys 1 - - - - 1
Magistrate 18 2 4 5 3  4
Bankruptcy 5 1 2 - 2 -
Tax 1 - 1 - - -
U.S. Court of International Trade 2 - 1 1 - -
U.S. Court of Federal Claims 4 - 2 1 1 -
Federal Administrative Law Judge 2 - 1 - - 1
Delaware Chancery 6 - 2 - 2 2
State Supreme 16 3 7 1 3 2
State Intermediate 7 - - 2 2 3
State Trial 16 - 6 4 4 2
Territory Trial 1 - 1 - - 2
International 4 1 1 1 1 -
Total 386 78 73 75 73 87

  Additional Employment and Bar Passage Statistics

Employment Requirements 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Bar Passage Required - Full-time* 241 237 228 238 234
Bar Passage Required - Part-time 0 0 0 0 1
J.D. Advantage* 16 10 12 16 17
Professional 0 1 1 0 0
Non-Professional 0 0 0 0 1

* Includes graduates in positions funded by the Law School.