Employment Statistics

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2006-2009

JD and JD-MBA Class of 2013

We report our employment results in a highly detailed and comprehensive way. The following tables outline the initial employment outcomes and detailed salary statistics of our graduates. We also provide seven years of historical data (2012; 2011; 2010; 2006-2009) so that you may consider the relative impacts of significant economic changes.

The range of opportunities available to Northwestern Law graduates enables a significant percentage of our students to accept non-legal jobs with prestigious employers in the business sector. For additional information, please read "Non-Legal Careers and the Northwestern Advantage."

The Princeton Review has consistently ranked Northwestern Law as one of the top schools for best career prospects.

We hope you find this information helpful.

View Northwestern Law's ABA Employment Summary for 2013.

Northwestern Law's NALP Class of 2013 Summary Report will be posted as soon as it is available.

Employment Status | School Funded | Employment Type | Judicial Clerkships
Salary Information | Known Salaries of Employed | Salary by Selected Job Sectors
Salary by Job Type | Bar Passage Rate | Bar Passage Rate | Top 5 Employment Markets

Employment Report at 9 Months After Graduation

Employment Status
Number
Full-Time
Part-Time
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Long-Term1
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Employed (Total)
268
94.4%
258
2
6
2
     Bar Passage Reqd
235
82.7%
225
2
6
2
     JD Advantage
33
11.6%
33
0
0
0
     Professional
0
0.0%
0
0
0
0
     Non-Professional
0
0.0%
0
0
0
0
     Job Type Unknown
0
0.0%
0
0
0
0
Pursuing Grad. Deg. FT
4
1.4%
 
Unemployed (Total)
12
4.2%
     Start Date Deferred
0
0.0%
     Not Seeking Job
1
0.4%
     Seeking Job
11
3.9%
Status Unknown
0
0.0%
Total Graduates
284
100%
1 A "long-term" position is one that either has no definite term or a term of one year or more. A "short-term" position is one that has a definite term of less than one year.
Law School/University Funded Positions
Number
Full-Time
Part-Time
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Long-Term
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Of Employed - Law School/University
12
4.2%
5
0
6
1
Employment Type
Number
Reported
Full-Time
Part-Time
Long-Term
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Law Firms
174
172
1
1
0
     Solo
0
0
0
0
0
     2 - 10
1
1
0
0
0
     11 - 25
3
2
0
1
0
     26 - 50
6
5
1
0
0
     51 - 100
6
6
0
0
0
     101 - 250
11
11
0
0
0
     251 - 500
6
6
0
0
0
     501+
141
141
0
0
0
     Size Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Business & Industry
41
39
1
0
1
Government (incl. Public Defender)
16
15
0
1
0
Public Interest
9
8
0
0
1
Judicial Clerkships
27
23
0
4
0
     Federal
25
22
0
3
0
     State & Local
2
1
0
1
0
     Other
0
0
0
0
0
Education
1
1
0
0
0
Employer Type Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Total Employed
268
258
2
6
2
Judicial Clerkships1
Number
Circuit Court of Appeals
7
Federal District Court
14
State Supreme Court
1
Administrative Court
1
1 Excludes 4 part-time positions included by defninition in the statistics reported to the ABA and listed in the section above.
Salary Information
Number
Percent
Number and Percent of Employed Reporting Salaries
256/268
96%
Number and Percent of Total Class Reporting Salaries
256/284
90%
Known Salaries of Employed
Number
Percent of Reporting Salaries (256)
Percent of Employed (268)
Percent of Class (284)
Less than $40,000
11
4%
4%
4%
$40,000 - $59,999
24
9%
9%
8%
$60,000 - $79,999
23
9%
9%
8%
$80,000 - $99,999
8
3%
3%
3%
$100,000 - $119,999
13
5%
5%
5%
$120,000 - $139,999
17
7%
6%
6%
$140,000 - $159,999
23
9%
9%
8%
$160,000+
137
54%
51%
48%
Employed and Not Reporting
12
5%
4%
4%
Salary by Selected Job Sectors1
25th
Percentile
Median
Salary
75th
Percentile
# Reporting
Salary
# Employed in Category (Percent Reporting)
Law Firm
$160,000
$160,000
$160,000
170
172 (99%)
     Solo
N/A
N/A
N/A
0
0 (0%)
     2-10
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
1
1 (100%)
     11-25
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
1
2 (50%)
     26-50
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
4
5 (80%)
     51-100
$148,800
$160,000
$160,000
6
6 (100%)
     101-250
$110,000
$145,000
$160,000
11
11 (100%)
     251-500
$105,000
$155,000
$160,000
6
6 (100%)
     501+
$160,000
$160,000
$160,000
141
141 (100%)
     Unknown size
N/A
N/A
N/A
0
0 (0%)
Judicial Clerkship
$58,000
$62,000
$63,000
23
23 (100%)
Business/Industry
$98,750
$120,000
$135,000
32
39 (82%)
Public Interest/Government
$48,500
$53,000
$60,000
22
23 (96%)
Education
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
1
1 (100%)
1 Based upon salaries of full-time, long-term employed graduates.
Salary by Job Type1
25th
Percentile
Median
Salary
75th
Percentile
# Reporting
Salary
# Employed in Category (Percent Reporting)
Bar Passage Required
$105,000
$160,000
$160,000
221
225 (98%)
JD Advantage
$100,000
$120,000
$135,000
27
33 (82%)
1 Based upon salaries of full-time, long-term employed graduates.
Bar Passage Rate
Percent
Bar passage
96%
Bar Passage Rate (Illinois)
Percent
Northwestern Law Class of 2013 Bar Passage
96%
State of Illinois Bar Passage for All First-Time Takers 89%
Top 5 Employment Markets1
1 Based upon 268 employed graduates.