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Class of 2017

The following charts include data inclusive of both JD and JD-MBA graduates. In reviewing the data, we encourage you look at not only the data on this page, but also the ABA and NALP reports on the main Employment Statistics page.

The data considers employment sector, job type, whether the work is full- or part-time, and the permanence of the position. The salary information is presented in several ways: by salary range, by employment sector, and by job type. Graduates employed in Law School/University Funded positions include individuals employed full-time in competitively funded, full-time post-graduate fellowships, and part-time in bridge-to-practice positions.

Employment Report at 10 Months After Graduation

Employment Status
Number
Full-Time
Part-Time
Number
Reported
% of
Reported
Long-Term1
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Employed (Total)
238
96.0%
233
0
0
5
     Bar Passage Reqd2
210
84.7%
208
0
0
2
     JD Advantage
28
11.3%
25
0
0
3
     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
3
1.2%
 
Unemployed (Total)
5
2.0%
     Start Date Deferred
0
0.0%
     Not Seeking Job
0
0.0%
     Seeking Job
5
2.0%
Status Unknown
2
0.8%
Total Graduates
248
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.
2 Includes students employed in Law School/University Funded positions, including 8 recipients of our highly selective one-year public intersted Jay A. Pritzker Fellowships.
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 Funded
6
2.4%
5
0
0
1
Employment Type
Number
Reported
Full-Time
Part-Time
Long-Term
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Law Firms
164
163
0
0
1
     Solo
0
0
0
0
0
     2 - 10
6
5
0
0
1
     11 - 25
1
1
0
0
0
     26 - 50
2
2
0
0
0
     51 - 100
3
3
0
0
0
     101 - 250
6
6
0
0
0
     251 - 500
9
9
0
0
0
     501+
137
137
0
0
0
     Size Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Business & Industry
28
25
0
0
3
Government (incl. Public Defender)
9
9
0
0
0
Public Interest
9
8
0
1
0
Judicial Clerkships
26
26
0
0
0
     Federal
19
19
0
0
0
     State & Local
7
7
0
0
0
     Other
0
0
0
0
0
Education
2
2
0
0
0
Employer Type Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Total Employed
238
233
0
1
4
Judicial Clerkships
Number
Circuit Court of Appeals
6
Federal District Court
12
Tax Court
1
State Supreme Court
6
State Trial & Appellate Court
1
Salary Information
Number
Percent
Number and Percent of Employed Reporting Salaries
233/238
98%
Number and Percent of Total Class Reporting Salaries
233/248
94%
Known Salaries of Employed
Number
Percent of Reporting Salaries (233)
Percent of Employed (238)
Percent of Class (248)
Less than $40,000
3
1%
1%
1%
$40,000 - $59,999
18
8%
8%
7%
$60,000 - $79,999
29
12%
12%
12%
$80,000 - $99,999
9
4%
4%
4%
$100,000 - $119,999
9
4%
4%
4%
$120,000 - $139,999
11
5%
5%
4%
$140,000 - $159,999
12
5%
5%
5%
$160,000-$179,999
8
3%
3%
3%
$180,000+
134
58%
56%
54%
Employed and Not Reporting
5
N/A
2%
2%
Salary by Selected Job Sectors1
Mean
25th
Percentile
Median
Salary
75th
Percentile
# Reporting
Salary
# Employed in Category (Percent Reporting)
Law Firm
$169,314
$180,000
$180,000
$180,000
163
163 (100%)
     Solo
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
     2-10
$62,600
$60,000
$60,000
$70,000
5
5 (100%)
     11-25
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
1
1 (100%)
     26-50
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
2
2 (100%)
     51-100
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
3
3 (100%)
     101-250
$143,333
$105,000
$150,000
$180,000
6
6 (100%)
     251-500
$160,556
$120,000
$180,000
$180,000
9
9 (100%)
     501+
$176,489
$180,000
$180,000
$180,000
137
137 (100%)
     Unknown size
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Judicial Clerkship
$62,631
$60,000
$63,796
$66,034
26
26 (100%)
Business/Industry
$117,236
$81,253
$125,000
$150,000
24
25 (96%)
Public Interest/Government
$58,244
$50,000
$52,100
$63,000
24
24 (100%)
Education
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
2
2 (100%)
1 Based upon salaries of full-time, long-term employed graduates.
Salary by Job Type1
Mean
25th
Percentile
Median
Salary
75th
Percentile
# Reporting
Salary
# Employed in Category (Percent Reporting)
Bar Passage Required
$147,532
$107,500
$180,000
$180,000
208
208 (100%)
JD Advantage
$107,570
$78,750
$120,000
$140,000
24
25 (96%)
1 Based upon salaries of full-time, long-term employed graduates.
Bar Passage Rate (Illinois)
Percent
Northwestern Law Class of 2017 Bar Passage
94%
State of Illinois Bar Passage for All First-Time Takers 80%
Top 5 Employment Markets1
Top 5 Employee Markets
1 Based upon 238 employed graduates.

JD 2017 EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS TABLE