Class of 2013 Employment Report

[UPDATE: Emory's data are now included in this page.]

Okay, this’ll be short as I have work to do.

The ABA has released its employment data for the class of 2013, which is defined as everyone who graduated between September 1, 2012, and August 1, 2013. Employment data are outcomes as of February 15, 2014, irrespective of interim job changes. Savvy readers will notice that the most mediocre law school ever, Generic University School of Law, made an appearance again. They’ll also note that Emory’s data have been removed from the ABA’s site, which I’m sure will be corrected soon. For those who are truly curious, the ABA has even broken down the employment data for each of Cooley’s branch campuses. There are a few other traps for the unwary, e.g. schools that haven’t received even provisional ABA accreditation, like Lincoln Memorial. Even Peking China made the list. None of these schools have any useful data.

Generally, graduates fared little better this year than last year. 55.3 57 percent were employed full-time/long-term in bar-passage required jobs. This is up 0.2 0.8 percentage points from February 2013.

On the other hand, the graduate unemployment rate grew while the non-response rate declined.

Tables below the jump to conserve blog space.

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STATUS (EXCL. P.R.) 2010 2011 2012 2013
Unemployed-Seeking 2,686 4,016 4,768 5,068
Status Unknown 1,458 1,453 1,113 986
Total Grads 43,526 43,735 45,755 46,116
Unemployed-Seeking 6.2% 9.2% 10.4% 11.0%
Status Unknown 3.3% 3.3% 2.4% 2.1%
Total Grads 9.5% 12.5% 12.9% 13.1%

Things appear to be trending worse for law grads. Certainly it’ll get better when the supply starts falling in the future.

Here’s the employment status distribution.

Employment status Distribution '13

(Clicking on this image shall embiggen it.)

…And what you’ve been waiting for: a breakdown of law schools by their employed bar-passage required full-time, long-term, less funded positions rates.

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PERCENT GRADUATES EMPLOYED FULL-TIME/LONG-TERM IN BAR-PASSAGE-REQUIRED JOBS (EXCL. LAW-SCHOOL-FUNDED JOBS)
RANK LAW SCHOOL ’12 ’13 CHANGE
1. Columbia University 85.3% 88.3% 3.0%
2. Chicago, University of 87.0% 86.5% -0.5%
3. New York University 79.0% 86.2% 7.2%
4. Pennsylvania, University of 91.9% 85.7% -6.1%
5. Duke University 84.9% 85.1% 0.2%
6. Stanford University 89.0% 85.1% -3.9%
7. Harvard University 84.6% 84.9% 0.4%
8. Cornell University 85.3% 81.3% -3.9%
9. Michigan, University of 81.7% 81.2% -0.5%
10. Virginia, University of 79.7% 79.7% 0.0%
11. California-Berkeley, University of 85.9% 78.4% -7.5%
12. Vanderbilt University 71.4% 78.2% 6.7%
13. Northwestern University 75.9% 77.5% 1.5%
14. Iowa, University of 71.4% 76.3% 5.0%
15. Texas At Austin, University of 75.3% 75.1% -0.2%
16. Kentucky, University of 74.1% 74.4% 0.3%
17. Yale University 77.0% 74.4% -2.6%
18. New Mexico, University of 67.2% 73.7% 6.5%
19. Georgetown University 66.8% 72.4% 5.6%
20. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 52.3% 72.1% 19.7%
21. Alabama, University of 77.3% 71.7% -5.6%
22. Southern Methodist University 75.1% 70.9% -4.2%
23. Notre Dame, University of 65.3% 70.7% 5.3%
24. Baylor University 67.1% 70.5% 3.4%
25. Florida State University 66.4% 69.6% 3.2%
26. New Hampshire University of 60.9% 69.2% 8.3%
27. Montana, University of 61.0% 69.1% 8.2%
28. Seton Hall University 65.8% 68.9% 3.1%
29. Georgia, University of 69.4% 68.4% -1.1%
30. Minnesota, University of 64.3% 68.2% 3.9%
31. South Carolina, University of 70.4% 68.2% -2.2%
32. Arkansas, Fayetteville, University of 70.5% 68.2% -2.3%
33. North Carolina, University of 67.6% 68.1% 0.6%
34. Washington, University of 68.0% 67.8% -0.2%
35. Louisiana State University 76.7% 67.4% -9.3%
36. Wyoming, University of 56.0% 67.1% 11.1%
37. Colorado, University of 51.4% 67.0% 15.6%
38. South Texas College of Law 71.4% 67.0% -4.4%
39. Ohio Northern University 59.4% 66.7% 7.3%
40. California-Los Angeles, University of 70.0% 66.6% -3.4%
41. Oklahoma City University 53.6% 66.5% 12.8%
42. Florida, University of 56.8% 66.4% 9.6%
43. Oklahoma, University of 66.5% 66.3% -0.2%
44. Nebraska, University of 65.6% 66.1% 0.5%
45. Washington University 67.0% 66.0% -1.0%
46. Mercer University 72.5% 65.6% -6.9%
47. California-Davis, University of 60.9% 65.3% 4.4%
48. Tennessee, University of 65.2% 65.3% 0.1%
49. Louisville, University of 66.9% 64.8% -2.1%
50. Brigham Young University 63.3% 64.6% 1.4%
51. Indiana University – Bloomington 54.4% 64.6% 10.2%
52. California-Irvine, University of 83.9% 64.3% -19.6%
52. Houston, University of 63.0% 64.3% 1.3%
54. Kansas, University of 61.0% 64.2% 3.1%
55. Illinois, University of 58.2% 64.1% 5.9%
56. Boston College 65.4% 64.0% -1.4%
57. Gonzaga University 50.6% 64.0% 13.4%
58. Dayton, University of 51.1% 63.7% 12.5%
59. University of Nevada – Las Vegas 60.9% 63.6% 2.8%
60. Utah, University of 63.4% 63.4% 0.0%
61. Fordham University 62.6% 63.4% 0.9%
62. George Washington University 60.3% 63.2% 2.8%
63. Mississippi, University of 59.4% 63.2% 3.8%
64. Rutgers University-Camden 63.0% 63.0% 0.1%
65. Washburn University 63.5% 62.9% -0.5%
66. Georgia State University 65.8% 62.6% -3.3%
67. Idaho, University of 56.7% 62.4% 5.7%
68. Emory University 66.9% 62.3% -4.6%
69. University of Buffalo-Suny 52.2% 62.2% 10.1%
70. Stetson University 59.5% 62.0% 2.5%
71. South Dakota, University of 63.2% 62.0% -1.2%
72. Willamette University 52.0% 61.8% 9.8%
73. Arizona State University 63.2% 61.8% -1.4%
74. St. Mary’S University 66.8% 61.5% -5.3%
75. Memphis, University of 56.7% 61.3% 4.6%
76. Boston University 64.1% 61.2% -3.0%
77. Missouri, University of 68.0% 61.1% -7.0%
78. Miami, University of 58.8% 60.7% 1.9%
79. Nova Southeastern University 57.1% 60.5% 3.5%
80. Southern California, University of 69.7% 60.5% -9.2%
81. Ohio State University 59.5% 60.4% 1.0%
82. Samford University 59.6% 60.4% 0.8%
83. Drake University 56.1% 60.1% 4.0%
84. Wisconsin, University of 62.0% 59.9% -2.1%
85. Case Western Reserve University 46.5% 59.9% 13.4%
86. Albany Law School of Union University 51.5% 59.7% 8.2%
87. Florida International University 62.0% 59.6% -2.3%
88. North Dakota, University of 67.8% 59.5% -8.3%
89. Faulkner University 50.0% 59.4% 9.4%
90. Temple University 53.1% 59.3% 6.3%
91. Texas Tech University 61.4% 59.2% -2.2%
92. William Mitchell College of Law 51.5% 59.1% 7.6%
93. Mississippi College 59.8% 58.8% -0.9%
94. Arizona, University of 66.4% 58.5% -7.9%
95. Wake Forest University 67.9% 58.5% -9.5%
96. Tulsa, University of 64.2% 58.0% -6.1%
97. Regent University 51.2% 58.0% 6.8%
98. Richmond, University of 56.8% 57.7% 1.0%
99. West Virginia University 76.8% 57.7% -19.1%
100. Washington And Lee University 49.2% 57.3% 8.1%
101. Brooklyn Law School 48.7% 57.3% 8.6%
102. William And Mary Law School 56.4% 56.7% 0.3%
103. Chicago-Kent College of Law-Iit 59.2% 56.0% -3.2%
104. St. John’S University 49.1% 56.0% 6.9%
105. Denver, University of 49.2% 55.6% 6.4%
106. Campbell University 67.6% 55.6% -12.0%
107. Saint Louis University 60.9% 55.5% -5.4%
108. Creighton University 57.6% 55.2% -2.4%
109. Syracuse University 45.9% 54.9% 9.0%
110. Pittsburgh, University of 51.4% 54.5% 3.2%
110. Widener University-Harrisburg 46.7% 54.5% 7.8%
112. Vermont Law School 45.1% 54.5% 9.4%
113. Cincinnati, University of 53.6% 54.4% 0.8%
114. Cardozo School of Law 54.0% 54.3% 0.3%
115. Rutgers University-Newark 54.3% 54.1% -0.2%
116. Marquette University 57.3% 54.0% -3.3%
117. Northern Illinois University 62.6% 53.8% -8.8%
118. Villanova University 51.2% 53.8% 2.6%
119. Wayne State University 54.8% 53.4% -1.3%
120. Charleston School of Law 53.7% 53.3% -0.4%
121. San Diego, University of 47.1% 53.1% 6.0%
122. Pepperdine University 46.5% 53.1% 6.6%
123. Touro College 50.8% 53.0% 2.2%
124. Duquesne University 52.7% 52.7% -0.1%
125. Tulane University 62.5% 52.0% -10.4%
126. Hawaii, University of 52.8% 51.9% -0.9%
127. John Marshall Law School 42.0% 51.8% 9.8%
128. Lewis And Clark College 56.0% 51.6% -4.4%
129. Indiana University – Indianapolis 50.8% 51.4% 0.5%
130. Akron, University of 46.8% 51.2% 4.4%
131. Loyola University-New Orleans 48.6% 51.2% 2.6%
132. Arkansas, Little Rock, University of 60.4% 51.0% -9.4%
133. Loyola University-Chicago 54.6% 50.3% -4.3%
134. Oregon, University of 41.6% 50.3% 8.7%
135. Appalachian School of Law 38.5% 50.0% 11.5%
135. Drexel University 48.4% 50.0% 1.6%
135. Toledo, University of 51.7% 50.0% -1.7%
138. Loyola Marymount University-Los Angeles 40.9% 49.9% 9.0%
139. George Mason University 49.5% 49.4% -0.1%
140. Howard University 47.7% 49.3% 1.6%
141. Hofstra University 51.2% 48.6% -2.7%
142. City University of New York 53.9% 48.6% -5.3%
143. Missouri-Kansas City, University of 66.0% 48.4% -17.6%
144. Maryland, University of 53.0% 48.1% -4.9%
145. St. Thomas University (Florida) 40.3% 47.8% 7.5%
146. Cleveland State University 48.9% 47.8% -1.1%
146. Texas Southern University 55.6% 47.8% -7.8%
148. Widener University-Delaware 38.7% 47.3% 8.7%
149. Pennsylvania State University 58.2% 47.0% -11.2%
150. Catholic University of America 36.2% 46.6% 10.5%
151. Depaul University 40.5% 46.1% 5.6%
152. Northeastern University 43.3% 45.4% 2.2%
153. St. Thomas, University of (Minnesota) 44.1% 44.9% 0.8%
154. Hamline University 42.6% 44.9% 2.2%
155. New York Law School 39.6% 44.5% 4.9%
156. Baltimore, University of 53.0% 44.4% -8.7%
157. Capital University 48.2% 44.3% -3.9%
158. Santa Clara University 42.6% 44.1% 1.5%
159. Arizona Summit Law School 43.6% 44.1% 0.4%
160. Texas A&M University 53.1% 43.8% -9.4%
161. Seattle University 47.1% 43.4% -3.7%
162. Maine, University of 42.5% 42.7% 0.2%
163. California-Hastings, University of 46.3% 42.4% -3.9%
164. Connecticut, University of 54.3% 42.2% -12.0%
165. Roger Williams University 51.4% 41.7% -9.7%
166. New England Law | Boston 36.3% 40.1% 3.8%
167. Southwestern Law School 43.8% 40.0% -3.8%
168. Barry University 48.5% 39.8% -8.7%
169. Atlanta’S John Marshall Law Shool 43.5% 39.7% -3.8%
170. Pace University 46.5% 39.5% -7.1%
171. Valparaiso University 41.9% 39.0% -2.8%
172. Northern Kentucky University 43.8% 38.8% -5.1%
173. Florida A&M University 38.1% 38.5% 0.3%
174. American University 38.4% 38.3% -0.2%
175. Michigan State University 40.9% 37.9% -3.0%
176. Chapman University 36.5% 37.6% 1.1%
177. Western State College of Law 32.5% 37.4% 4.9%
178. Suffolk University 39.8% 37.0% -2.9%
179. Western New England University 33.8% 36.8% 3.1%
180. Mcgeorge School of Law 41.5% 36.5% -5.0%
181. San Francisco, University of 22.6% 35.5% 12.9%
182. California Western School of Law 43.8% 35.2% -8.6%
183. University of La Verne 35.6% 34.9% -0.7%
184. Detroit Mercy, University of 29.7% 34.6% 4.9%
185. Ave Maria School of Law 35.5% 34.6% -1.0%
186. Charlotte School of Law 37.6% 34.6% -3.0%
187. Quinnipiac University 41.1% 34.5% -6.6%
188. Liberty University 51.1% 34.4% -16.7%
189. Elon University 50.9% 32.8% -18.1%
190. Florida Coastal School of Law 35.9% 30.8% -5.1%
191. Thomas Jefferson School of Law 28.8% 29.0% 0.2%
192. Southern University 43.2% 28.6% -14.6%
193. Thomas M. Cooley Law School 28.8% 26.9% -1.9%
194. Whittier Law School 34.1% 26.7% -7.5%
195. Inter American University of Puerto Rico 2.1% 26.5% 24.3%
196. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 22.7% 25.2% 2.5%
197. District of Columbia 25.8% 25.0% -0.8%
198. North Carolina Central University 26.1% 22.5% -3.6%
199. Golden Gate University 21.5% 22.4% 0.9%
200. Puerto Rico, University of 13.9% 19.8% 5.9%
201. Pontifical Catholic University of P.R. 10.6% 7.5% -3.1%
TOTAL (EXCL. P.R.) 55.7% 55.9% 0.1%
10TH PERCENTILE (EXCL. P.R.) 38.4% 36.8% -1.6%
25TH PERCENTILE (EXCL. P.R.) 46.7% 47.3% 0.6%
MEDIAN (EXCL. P.R.) 54.7% 57.5% 2.8%
75TH PERCENTILE (EXCL. P.R.) 65.8% 65.3% -0.5%
90TH PERCENTILE (EXCL. P.R.) 75.9% 74.4% -1.5%
MEAN (EXCL. P.R.) 55.7% 55.9% 0.2%

I’m sure there’s more I could pick over, but this is all I’ve got.

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11 Responses

  1. American at 173 …. and 38% … Wow.

  2. UCiBB us at abiyt 42% and Quinnepiac is at 34.5% This indicates the legal employment market for new lawyers in Connecticut is tanking.

    • Excuse me, UCONN is at 42%

      • Southern New England as a whole is tanking:

        Northeastern: 45.8%
        Suffolk: 36.9%
        Dean O’Brienopolis: 40.1%
        UMASS: 25.2%
        Western New England: 36.8%
        Roger Williams: 41.7%

        Even BC and BU are *only* pulling 64% and 61.2%, respectively.

        P.S. I simply cannot believe that 3rd-tier Franklin Pierce, nee University of New Hampshire, pulled down the 26th best showing in the country, and the best showing in New England save for H and Y.

      • Hm. The average New England law school has a 50.3% rate, no doubt warped by Harvard, which is really a New York school. The only BEA region which does worse is the Far West at 50.1% average. The rest were at least 55% this year.

        As for New Hampshire, it appears to be placing well in <100-lawyer firms. I've got no hypotheses as to why, though.

  3. Third Tier Drake ranks 83rd on this list. Great work as usual, Matt.

  4. American better get a clue about “employment outcomes.” At #174 it’s deep in TTTT territory in the only ranking that really matters to anybody with a brain.

  5. Shows what geographic proximity to jobs can do – Columbia and NYU higher than Harvard and Yale.

    • I suspect the FT, LT, JD-required percentages are slightly lower for Harvard and Yale because they have non-practice opportunities afforded to essentially no one else save for Stanford and maybe Chicago. I’m talking about things like investment banking, McKinsey/BCG/Bain, venture capital, private equity, maybe even hedge funds if they have some quantitative background.

  6. No mention of Article III clerkships here, which is a big part of why Harvard, Yale, and Stanford aren’t on top. Oughta be factored in or at least noted as they are a highly desirable outcome and lead to good employment.

    • The employment questionnaire defines bar passage required to include judicial clerkships. Harvard, Yale, and Stanford have some grads in JD Advantage jobs, which is why they’re not on top.

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