JD Stats

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Class of 2014

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)
269
92.4%
262
2
3
2
     Bar Passage Reqd
241
82.8%
237
1
3
0
     JD Advantage
27
9.3%
25
1
0
1
     Professional
1
0.3%
0
0
0
1
     Non-Professional
0
0.0%
0
0
0
0
     Job Type Unknown
0
0.0%
0
0
0
0
Pursuing Grad. Deg. FT
1
0.3%
 
Unemployed (Total)
21
7.2%
     Start Date Deferred
4
1.4%
     Not Seeking Job
1
0.3%
     Seeking Job
16
5.5%
Status Unknown
0
0.0%
Total Graduates
291
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
Employed in Law School/University Funded positions
10
3.4%
9
0
1
0
Employment Type
Number
Reported
Full-Time
Part-Time
Long-Term
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Law Firms
184
179
2
3
0
     Solo
1
1
0
0
0
     2 - 10
4
3
0
1
0
     11 - 25
2
1
1
0
0
     26 - 50
5
4
0
1
0
     51 - 100
8
8
0
0
0
     101 - 250
8
7
1
0
0
     251 - 500
20
20
0
0
0
     501+
136
135
0
1
0
     Size Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Business & Industry
23
22
0
0
1
Government (incl. Public Defender)
14
14
0
0
0
Public Interest
11
10
0
0
1
Judicial Clerkships
35
35
0
0
0
     Federal
27
27
0
0
0
     State & Local
7
7
0
0
0
     Other
1
1
0
0
0
Education
2
2
0
0
0
Employer Type Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Total Employed
269
262
2
3
2
Judicial Clerkships1
Number
Circuit Court of Appeals
12
Federal District Court
12
Bankruptcy Court & Article I Federal Court
3
State Supreme Court
3
State Trial & Appellate Court
4
International Court
1
Salary Information
Number
Percent
Number and Percent of Employed Reporting Salaries
258/269
96%
Number and Percent of Total Class Reporting Salaries
258/291
89%
Known Salaries of Employed
Number
Percent of Reporting Salaries (256)
Percent of Employed (268)
Percent of Class (284)
Less than $40,000
6
2%
2%
2%
$40,000 - $59,999
33
13%
12%
11%
$60,000 - $79,999
27
11%
10%
9%
$80,000 - $99,999
5
2%
2%
2%
$100,000 - $119,999
11
4%
4%
4%
$120,000 - $139,999
15
6%
6%
5%
$140,000 - $159,999
17
7%
6%
6%
$160,000+
144
56%
54%
49%
Employed and Not Reporting
11
4%
4%
4%
Salary by Selected Job Sectors1
Mean
25th
Percentile
Median
Salary
75th
Percentile
# Reporting
Salary
# Employed in Category (Percent Reporting)
Law Firm
$152,811
$160,000
$160,000
$160,000
177
179 (99%)
     Solo
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
0
1 (0%)
     2-10
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
2
3 (67%)
     11-25
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
1
1 (100%)
     26-50
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
4
4 (100%)
     51-100
$153,750
$150,000
$155,000
$160,000
8
8 (100%)
     101-250
$137,000
$115,000
$160,000
$160,000
7
7 (100%)
     251-500
$147,750
$133,750
$160,000
$160,000
20
20 (100%)
     501+
$157,604
$160,000
$160,000
$160,000
135
135 (100%)
     Unknown size
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
0
0 (0%)
Judicial Clerkship
$61,289
$58,141
$60,940
$63,000
34
35 (97%)
Business/Industry
$149,105
$100,000
$123,000
$137,500
19
22 (86%)
Public Interest/Government
$49,288
$45,500
$50,000
$56,900
22
24 (92%)
Education
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
1
2 (50%)
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
$129,681
$72,000
$160,000
$160,000
233
237 (98%)
JD Advantage
$144,150
$100,000
$121,500
$136,250
20
25 (80%)
1 Based upon salaries of full-time, long-term employed graduates.
Bar Passage Rate (Illinois)
Percent
Northwestern Law Class of 2014 Bar Passage
93.5%
State of Illinois Bar Passage for All First-Time Takers 85%
Top 5 Employment Markets1
Top 5 Employee Markets
1 Based upon 269 employed graduates.

jd 2014 employment statistics table