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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 February 15 following graduation for the class of 2013 and as of the March 15 following graduation for the classes of 2014-2017. Please note that the judicial clerkship chart reflects a different time period and includes alumni. 

General Employment Information 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Graduating Class Size 256 258 246 278 259
Employment Status Known 256 258 245 278 259
Employed 254 253 240 274 252
Start Date Deferred 0 0 0 1 1
Seeking Employment 1 2 2 0 4
Not Seeking Employment 0 0 2 0 0
Enrolled in Full-Time Degree 1 3 1 3 2
Unknown 0 0 1 0 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 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Law Firm 183 180 173 207 167
2-10 2 1 3 4 4
11-25 0 0 2 5 2
26-50 1 3 3 4 3
51-100 7 6 4 1 3
101-250 6 7 5 13 11
251-500 17 25 23 24 18
501+ 150 138 133 155 126
Unknown size 0 0 0 0 0
Solo Practice 0 0 0 1 0
Judicial Clerk 39 33 34 36 41
Business or Industry 15 21 12 10 19
Government/Military 6 8 7 9 9
Public Interest 10 11 14 10 14
Academic 1 0 0 2 2
Law School Funded (Short-Term)  1 0 3 0 0
Law School Funded (Long-Term)
5 4 6 9 13
Other Short Term
0 2 0 1 1

    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

    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

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 4 - - 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 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Bar Passage Required - Full-time 238* 234** 230*** 263 236
Bar Passage Required - Part-time 0 1 0 1 1
J.D. Advantage 16 17 10 10 15
Non-Professional 0 1 0 0 0

*Includes 6 graduates in bar passage required positions funded by the law school
**Includes 4 graduates in bar passage required positions funded by the law school
***Includes 9 graduates in bar passage required positions funded by the law school