JD Stats

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Class of 2015

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 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)
270
93.8%
264
1
1
4
     Bar Passage Reqd2
248
86.1%
242
1
1
4
     JD Advantage
21
7.3%
21
0
0
0
     Professional
1
0.3%
1
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
2
0.7%
 
Unemployed (Total)
16
5.6%
     Start Date Deferred
3
1.0%
     Not Seeking Job
1
0.3%
     Seeking Job
12
4.2%
Status Unknown
0
0.0%
Total Graduates
288
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
13
4.5%
8
1
0
4
Employment Type
Number
Reported
Full-Time
Part-Time
Long-Term
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Law Firms
199
194
1
1
3
     Solo
0
0
0
0
0
     2 - 10
8
7
0
1
0
     11 - 25
7
4
1
0
2
     26 - 50
2
2
0
0
0
     51 - 100
3
2
0
0
1
     101 - 250
8
8
0
0
0
     251 - 500
23
23
0
0
0
     501+
148
148
0
0
0
     Size Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Business & Industry
25
25
0
0
0
Government (incl. Public Defender)
8
7
0
0
1
Public Interest
12
12
0
0
0
Judicial Clerkships
26
26
0
0
0
     Federal
21
21
0
0
0
     State & Local
5
5
0
0
0
     Other
0
0
0
0
0
Education
0
0
0
0
0
Employer Type Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Total Employed
270
264
1
1
4
Judicial Clerkships
Number
Circuit Court of Appeals
8
Federal District Court
11
Bankruptcy Court & Article I Federal Court
2
State Supreme Court
1
State Trial & Appellate Court
4
Salary Information
Number
Percent
Number and Percent of Employed Reporting Salaries
260/270
96%
Number and Percent of Total Class Reporting Salaries
260/288
90%
Known Salaries of Employed
Number
Percent of Reporting Salaries (259)
Percent of Employed (270)
Percent of Class (288)
Less than $40,000
7
3%
3%
2%
$40,000 - $59,999
24
9%
9%
8%
$60,000 - $79,999
30
12%
11%
10%
$80,000 - $99,999
3
1%
1%
1%
$100,000 - $119,999
15
6%
6%
5%
$120,000 - $139,999
15
6%
6%
5%
$140,000 - $159,999
18
7%
7%
6%
$160,000+
148
57%
55%
51%
Employed and Not Reporting
10
4%
4%
3%
Salary by Selected Job Sectors1
Mean
25th
Percentile
Median
Salary
75th
Percentile
# Reporting
Salary
# Employed in Category (Percent Reporting)
Law Firm
$149,406
$160,000
$160,000
$160,000
191
194 (98%)
     Solo
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
0
0 (0%)
     2-10
$71,600
$60,000
$68,000
$75,000
5
7 (71%)
     11-25
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
4
4 (100%)
     26-50
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
2
2 (100%)
     51-100
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
2
2 (100%)
     101-250
$111,250
$95,000
$112,500
$122,500
8
8 (100%)
     251-500
$150,696
$141,500
$160,000
$160,000
23
23 (100%)
     501+
$156,395
$160,000
$160,000
$160,000
147
148 (99%)
     Unknown size
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
0
0 (0%)
Judicial Clerkship
$59,874
$58,125
$62,250
$63,242
26
26 (100%)
Business/Industry
$134,528
$117,500
$132,500
$150,000
18
25 (72%)
Public Interest/Government
$51,483
$50,000
$50,000
$56,000
19
19 (100%)
Education
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
0
0 (0%)
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
$131,997
$108,750
$160,000
$160,000
236
242 (98%)
JD Advantage
$134,029
$125,000
$135,000
$150,000
17
21 (81%)
1 Based upon salaries of full-time, long-term employed graduates.
Bar Passage Rate (Illinois)
Percent
Northwestern Law Class of 2015 Bar Passage
92.4%
State of Illinois Bar Passage for All First-Time Takers 85%
Top 5 Employment Markets1
Top 5 Employee Markets
1 Based upon 270 employed graduates.

jd 2015 employment statistics table