Employment and Salary Information: Classes of 2018, 2017, 2016

Last Updated: November 6, 2019

Employment Status

Class of 2018

Class of 2017 

Class of 2016

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Total Graduates

450*

 

 

 

433*

 

 

 

389

 

 

 

Employment Status Known

450*

 

100.0%

 

433*

 

100.0%

 

389

 

100%

 

Employed

440*

 

97.8%

 

423

 

97.7%

 

382

 

98.2%

 

     Bar Passage Required 1

427*

 

97.0%

 

416

 

98.4%

 

370

 

96.8%

 

     J.D. Advantage 1

11

 

2.5%

 

3

 

0.7%

 

10

 

2.6%

 

     Professional 1

2

 

0.5%

 

4

 

0.9%

 

1

 

0.3%

 

     Non-Professional 1

0

 

0.0%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

Employed–Undeterminable

0

 

0.0%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

1

 

0.2%

 

Enrolled in Graduate Degree Program FT

0

 

0.0%

 

3

 

0.7%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

Unemployed–Start Date Deferred

1

 

0.2%

 

1

 

0.2%

 

1

 

0.2%

 

Unemployed–Not Seeking

0

 

0.0%

 

1

 

0.2%

 

1

 

0.2%

 

Unemployed–Seeking

9

 

2.0%

 

6

 

1.4%

 

5

 

1.3%

 

Employment Status Unknown

0

 

0.0%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

0

 

0.0%

 


1 This is a percentage of the number of employed students.
* These numbers have been updated to reflect the number of ABA reported graduates.

 

Employed Graduates of the Class of 2018: Further Detail

Number

Full-Time

Part-Time

Long Term

Short Term

Long Term

Short Term

Total Employed Graduates Class of 2018

440

 

434

 

4

 

1

 

1

 

      Bar Passage Required

 

 

427

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

      J.D. Advantage

 

 

10

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

      Professional Position

 

 

1

 

0

 

0

 

1

 

      Non-Professional Position

 

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

      Undeterminable

 

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

Law School / University Funded Position

Class of 2018

Class of 2017

Class of 2016

Of Employed—Law School / University Funded 2

5

1.1%

13

3.1%

12

3.1%


2 These fellowships in public interest law and government service are funded at a minimum of $40,000 and last a minimum of one year. A J.D. degree is required and fellows are eligible for Columbia Law School's loan repayment assistance program (LRAP). See a full list of our current postgraduate fellowship opportunities.

Employment Types of Employed Graduates

Class of 2018

Class of 2017

Class of 2016

Percentage

Percentage

Percentage

Law Firm

81.5%

 

84.8%

 

81.4%

 

Solo

0.2%

 

0.0%

 

0.0%

 

Firm size 2-10

0.8%

 

1.2%

 

1.3%

 

Firm size 11-25

0.6%

 

0.5%

 

0.5%

 

Firm size 26-50

0.6%

 

0.7%

 

0.3%

 

Firm size 51-100

1.1%

 

0.7%

 

0.0%

 

Firm size 101-250

3.3%

 

1.4%

 

1.8%

 

Firm size 251-500

11.5%

 

11.4%

 

10.0%

 

Firm size 501+

81.9%

 

69.0%

 

67.5%

 

Firm Size Unknown

0.0%

 

0.0%

 

0.0%

 

Business

2.1%

 

1.7%

 

3.4%

 

Government

4.6%

 

3.8%

 

4.5%

 

Public Interest

5.9%

 

5.5%

 

4.7%

 

Judicial Clerkship 3

5.7%

 

4.3%

 

6.0%

 

     Federal

5.0%

 

3.6%

 

5.0%

 

     State

0.7%

 

0.5%

 

0.5%

 

     International Courts

0.0%

 

0.2%

 

0.5%

 

Academia

0.0%

 

0.2%

 

0.0%

 

Employer type unknown

0.0%

 

0.0%

 

0.0%

 


3 The judicial clerkship percentage includes only those graduates who clerked for a judge as a first job after graduation. 

 

Employment by Geographic Location

Class of 2018

Class of 2017

Class of 2016

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Mid-Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)                    

323

 

73.4%

 

311

 

73.7%

 

285

 

74.6%

Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)

26

 

5.9%

 

40

 

9.5%

 

25

 

6.5%

South Atlantic (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)

33

 

7.5%

 

37

 

8.7%

 

31

 

8.1%

New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)

15

 

3.4%

 

9

 

2.1%

 

11

 

2.9%

East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)

3

 

0.7%

 

5

 

1.2%

 

4

 

1.0%

West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX)

14

 

3.2%

 

2

 

0.5%

 

8

 

2.1%

International

14

 

3.2%

 

13

 

3.1%

 

14

 

3.7%

Mountain (AZ, ID, CO, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY)

4

 

0.9%

 

4

 

0.9%

 

2

 

0.5%

West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)

2

 

0.4%

 

2

 

0.5%

 

1

 

0.3%

East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN)

3

 

0.7%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

1

 

0.3%

U.S. Territories

3

 

0.7%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

Greatest Employment Concentration
(Public and Private)

Class of 2018

Class of 2017

Class of 2016

Location

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

New York

321

 

73.0%

 

304

 

72.0%

 

282

 

73.8%

 

District of Columbia

26

 

5.9%

 

35

 

8.3%

 

24

 

6.3%

 

California

25

 

5.7%

 

27

 

6.4%

 

24

 

6.3%

 

International

14

 

3.2%

 

12

 

2.8%

 

14

 

3.7%

 

 

Salaries of Employed Graduates 4

Class of 2018

Class of 2017

Class of 2016

All Employed Graduates

Salaries Reported

429

97.7%

431

99.7%

370

98.1%

        75th Percentile

$190,000

$180,000

$180,000

        25th Percentile

$190,000

$180,000

$180,000

        Median

$190,000

$180,000

$180,000

        Mean

$165,702

$162,867

$158,837

Law Firm

Salaries Reported

359

99.4%

361

100.0%

308

99.4%

        75th Percentile

$190,000

$180,000

$180,000

        25th Percentile

$190,000

$180,000

$180,000

        Median

$190,000

$180,000

$180,000

        Mean

$179,516

$178,146

$177,955

Judicial Clerkship

Salaries Reported

25

100.0%

19

100.0%

21

95.5%

        75th Percentile

$69,904

$65,000

$67,000

        25th Percentile

$52,000

$56,000

$60,000

        Median

$68,000

$62,000

$65,000

        Mean

$63,943

$60,456

$63,609

Government

Salaries Reported

20

100%

12

91.7%

17

100.0%

        75th Percentile

$71,000

$62,000

$62,000

        25th Percentile

$57,500

$40,000

$40,000

        Median

$60,000

$60,000

$50,000

        Mean

$63,274

$52,727

$51,059

Public Interest

Salaries Reported

24

92.3%

21

87.5%

17

94.4%

        75th Percentile

$61,000

$60,000

$52,000

        25th Percentile

$42,500

$45,000

$45,000

        Median

$58,000

$56,000

$50,000

        Mean

$54,542

$53,615

$50,338

Business

Salaries Reported

6

66.7%

5

71.4%

7

70.0%

        75th Percentile

$168,000

$200,000

$140,000

        25th Percentile

$120,000

$120,000

$125,000

        Median

$155,000

$125,000

$135,000

        Mean

$139,167

$158,000

$128,571

Academia

Salaries Reported

*

*

*

*

*

*

        75th Percentile

*

*

*

        25th Percentile

*

*

*

        Median

*

*

*

        Mean

*

*

*


Salaries of graduates employed in full-time, long-term positions.


Fewer than five salaries reported.


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