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Class of 2018

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)
223
97.4%
222
1
0
0
     Bar Passage Reqd2
211
92.1%
210
1
0
0
     JD Advantage
12
5.2%
12
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
0
0.0%
 
Unemployed (Total)
5
2.2%
     Start Date Deferred
1
0.4%
     Not Seeking Job
0
0.0%
     Seeking Job
4
1.7%
Status Unknown
1
0.4%
Total Graduates
229
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 5 recipients of our highly selective one-year public interest 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
5
2.2%
5
0
0
0
Employment Type
Number
Reported
Full-Time
Part-Time
Long-Term
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Law Firms
170
170
0
0
0
     Solo
2
2
0
0
0
     2 - 10
2
2
0
0
0
     11 - 25
2
2
0
0
0
     26 - 50
3
3
0
0
0
     51 - 100
4
4
0
0
0
     101 - 250
6
6
0
0
0
     251 - 500
8
8
0
0
0
     501+
143
143
0
0
0
     Size Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Business & Industry
8
8
0
0
0
Government (incl. Public Defender)
10
10
0
0
0
Public Interest
10
10
0
0
0
Judicial Clerkships
22
21
1
0
0
     Federal
17
16
1
0
0
     State & Local
4
4
0
0
0
     Other
1
1
0
0
0
Education
3
3
0
0
0
Employer Type Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Total Employed
223
222
1
0
0
Judicial Clerkships
Number
Circuit Court of Appeals
5
Federal District Court
7
Federal Magistrate
1
Federal Special Jurisdiction
1
Federal Staff Attorney
3
State Supreme Court
1
State Trial & Appellate Court
3
International Court
1
Salary Information
Number
Percent
Number and Percent of Employed Reporting Salaries
213/223
96%
Number and Percent of Total Class Reporting Salaries
213/229
93%
Known Salaries of Employed
Number
Percent of Reporting Salaries (213)
Percent of Employed (223)
Percent of Class (229)
Less than $40,000
2
1%
1%
1%
$40,000 - $59,999
17
8%
8%
7%
$60,000 - $79,999
26
12%
12%
11%
$80,000 - $99,999
6
3%
3%
3%
$100,000 - $119,999
4
2%
2%
2%
$120,000 - $139,999
7
3%
3%
3%
$140,000 - $159,999
1
0%
0%
0%
$160,000-$179,999
6
3%
3%
3%
$180,000+
144
68%
65%
63%
Employed and Not Reporting
10
N/A
4%
4%
Salary by Selected Job Sectors1
Mean
25th
Percentile
Median
Salary
75th
Percentile
# Reporting
Salary
# Employed in Category (Percent Reporting)
Law Firm
$178,524
$190,000
$190,000
$190,000
166
169 (98%)
     Solo
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
0
2 (0%)
     2-10
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
2
2 (100%)
     11-25
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
2
2 (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
4 (75%)
     101-250
$139,667
$89,500
$154,000
$190,000
6
6 (100%)
     251-500
$144,375
$111,250
$160,000
$190,000
8
8 (100%)
     501+
$186,168
$190,000
$190,000
$190,000
143
143 (100%)
     Unknown size
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
0
0 (0%)
Judicial Clerkship
$62,621
$60,000
$62,037
$67,638
20
21 (95%)
Business/Industry
$132,500
$105,000
$122,500
$166,250
6
8 (75%)
Public Interest/Government
$55,264
$50,000
$52,000
$62,600
19
20 (95%)
Education
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
1
3 (33%)
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
$155,667
$120,000
$190,000
$190,000
206
209 (99%)
JD Advantage
$120,000
$85,000
$112,500
$166,250
6
12 (50%)
1 Based upon salaries of full-time, long-term employed graduates.
July Bar Passage Rate (Illinois)
Percent
Northwestern Law Class of 2018 Bar Passage
96%
State of Illinois Bar Passage for All First-Time Takers 77%
Top 5 Employment Markets1
Top 5 Employee Markets
1 Based upon 223 employed graduates.

JD 2018 EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS TABLE