Employment and Salary Information: Classes of 2017, 2016, 2015

 

Last Updated: April 13, 2018

Employment Status

Class of 2016

Class of 2015

Class of 2017

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Total Graduates

389

 

 

 

413

 

 

 

432

 

 

 

Employment Status Known

389

 

100.0%

 

413

 

100.0%

 

432

 

100%

 

Employed

382

 

98.2%

 

403

 

97.6%

 

422

 

97.2%

 

     Bar Passage Required 1

370

 

96.9%

 

388

 

96.3%

 

401

 

96.9%

 

     J.D. Advantage 1

10

 

2.6%

 

11

 

2.7%

 

2

 

2.0%

 

     Professional 1

1

 

0.3%

 

4

 

1.0%

 

4

 

0.7%

 

     Non-Professional 1

0

 

0.0%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

0

 

0.2%

 

Employed–Undeterminable

1

 

0.3%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

0

 

0.9%

 

Enrolled in Graduate Degree Program FT

0

 

0.0%

 

2

 

0.5%

 

3

 

0.2%

 

Unemployed–Start Date Deferred

1

 

0.3%

 

1

 

0.2%

 

1

 

0.2%

 

Unemployed–Not Seeking

1

 

0.3%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

Unemployed–Seeking

5

 

1.3%

 

7

 

1.7%

 

6

 

1.9%

 

Employment Status Unknown

0

 

0.0%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

0

 

0.4%

 


1 This is a percentage of the number of employed students.

 

Employed Graduates of the Class of 2017: Further Detail

Number

Full-Time

Part-Time

Long Term

Short Term

Long Term

Short Term

Total Employed Graduates Class of 2017

422

 

401

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

      Bar Passage Required

 

 

401

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

      J.D. Advantage

 

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

      Professional Position

 

 

4

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

      Non-Professional Position

 

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

      Undeterminable

 

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

 

Law School / University Funded Position

Class of 2016

Class of 2015

Class of 2017

Of Employed—Law School / University Funded 2

12

3.1%

28

6.9%

13

6.8%


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 2016

Class of 2015

Class of 2017

Percentage

Percentage

Percentage

Law Firm

81.4%

 

77.7%

 

84.8%

 

Solo

0.0%

 

0.0%

 

0.0%

 

Firm size 2-10

1.3%

 

0.7%

 

1.2%

 

Firm size 11-25

0.5%

 

0.2%

 

0.5%

 

Firm size 26-50

0.3%

 

1.0%

 

.7%

 

Firm size 51-100

0.0%

 

0.2%

 

0.7%

 

Firm size 101-250

1.8%

 

1.7%

 

1.4%

 

Firm size 251-500

10.0%

 

10.9%

 

11.4%

 

Firm size 501+

67.5%

 

62.8%

 

69.0%

 

Firm Size Unknown

0.0%

 

0.0%

 

0.0%

 

Business

3.4%

 

3.5%

 

1.7%

 

Government

4.5%

 

5.2%

 

3.8%

 

Public Interest

4.7%

 

6.7%

 

5.5%

 

Judicial Clerkship 3

6.0%

 

6.7%

 

4.3%

 

     Federal

5.0%

 

5.7%

 

3.6%

 

     State

0.5%

 

0.7%

 

0.5%

 

     International Courts

0.5%

 

0.2%

 

0.2%

 

Academia

0.0%

 

0.2%

 

0.2%

 

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 2016

Class of 2015

Class of 2017

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Mid-Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)                    

285

 

74.6%

 

313

 

77.7%

 

 

 

 

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

25

 

6.5%

 

30

 

7.4%

 

 

 

 

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

31

 

8.1%

 

31

 

7.7%

 

 

 

 

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

11

 

2.9%

 

5

 

1.2%

 

 

 

 

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

4

 

1.0%

 

5

 

1.2%

 

 

 

 

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

8

 

2.1%

 

6

 

1.5%

 

 

 

 

International

14

 

3.7%

 

9

 

2.2%

 

 

 

 

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

2

 

0.5%

 

4

 

1.0%

 

 

 

 

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

1

 

0.3%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

 

 

 

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

1

 

0.3%

 

0

 

0.0%

 

 

 

 

 

Greatest Employment Concentration
(Public and Private)

Class of 2016

Class of 2015

Class of 2017

Location

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

New York

282

 

73.8%

 

309

 

76.7%

 

304

 

72.3%

 

District of Columbia

24

 

6.3%

 

25

 

6.2%

 

35

 

8.3%

 

California

24

 

6.3%

 

28

 

6.9%

 

27

 

6.4%

 

International

14

 

3.7%

 

9

 

2.2%

 

12

 

2.8%

 

 

Salaries of Employed Graduates 4

Class of 2016

Class of 2015

Class of 2017

All Employed Graduates

Salaries Reported

370

98.1%

395

98.5%

 

 

        75th Percentile

$180,000

$160,000

 

        25th Percentile

$180,000

$155,000

 

        Median

$180,000

$160,000

 

        Mean

$158,837

$136,195

 

Law Firm

Salaries Reported

308

99.4%

310

99.0%

 

 

        75th Percentile

$180,000

$160,000

 

        25th Percentile

$180,000

$160,000

        Median

$180,000

$160,000

        Mean

$177,955

$158,258

Judicial Clerkship

Salaries Reported

21

95.5%

27

100.0%

 

 

        75th Percentile

$67,000

$65,000

 

        25th Percentile

$60,000

$52,332

 

        Median

$65,000

$62,000

 

        Mean

$63,609

$58,727

Government

Salaries Reported

17

100%

21

100.0%

 

 

        75th Percentile

$62,000

$62,000

        25th Percentile

$40,000

$30,000

 

        Median

$50,000

$60,000

 

        Mean

$51,059

$48,024

 

Public Interest

Salaries Reported

17

94.4%

27

100%

 

 

        75th Percentile

$52,000

$55,000

 

        25th Percentile

$45,000

$30,000

 

        Median

$50,000

$30,000

 

        Mean

$50,338

$41,593

 

Business

Salaries Reported

7

70%

9

75.0%

 

 

        75th Percentile

$140,000

$125,000

 

        25th Percentile

$125,000

$85,000

 

        Median

$135,000

$100,000

 

        Mean

$128,571

$110,000

 

Academia

Salaries Reported

*

*

*

*

*

*

        75th Percentile

*

*

*

        25th Percentile

*

*

*

        Median

*

*

*

        Mean

*

*

*


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


Fewer than five salaries reported.


Summer Employment for First Year and Second Year Students

Summer employment data is collected by surveying first-year and second-year J.D. students prior to the start of the fall recruiting season. Each year more than 94% of students report summer employment data. Columbia Law School offers every J.D. student a funded position in either government or public interest in both the 1L and 2L summers. Information on guaranteed summer funding can be found here.

Last Updated: September 30, 2016

Summer Employment
After First Year of Law School

Class of 2017

Class of 2016

Class of 2015

Percentage

Percentage

Percentage

Law Firm

18%

 

22%

 

21%

 

Public Interest

25%

 

25%

 

24%

 

Government

29%

 

29%

 

29%

 

Business

7%

 

7%

 

8%

 

Judicial Intern**

18%

 

14%

 

15%

 

Academia

3%

 

3%

 

4%

 


**Summer internship working in the chambers of a federal or state court judge.

 

Summer Employment
After Second Year of Law School

Class of 2016

Class of 2015

Class of 2014

Percentage

Percentage

Percentage

Law Firm

88%

 

84%

 

81%

 

Public Interest

5%

 

7%

 

10%

 

Government

4%

 

5%

 

6%

 

Business

2%

 

3%

 

2%

 

Judicial Intern**

1%

 

<1%

 

<1%

 

Academia

<1%

 

1%

 

<1%

 


**Summer internship working in the chambers of a federal or state court judge.