JD

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Class of 2016

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)
236
94.8%
231
0
2
2
     Bar Passage Reqd2
215
86.3%
211
0
2
2
     JD Advantage
20
8.0%
19
1
0
0
     Professional
1
0.4%
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
0.8%
 
Unemployed (Total)
12
4.8%
     Start Date Deferred
1
0.4%
     Not Seeking Job
0
0.0%
     Seeking Job
11
4.4%
Status Unknown
0
0.0%
Total Graduates
249
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
10
4.0%
8
0
0
2
Employment Type
Number
Reported
Full-Time
Part-Time
Long-Term
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Law Firms
168
166
0
2
0
     Solo
0
0
0
0
0
     2 - 10
4
3
0
1
0
     11 - 25
4
3
0
1
0
     26 - 50
2
2
0
0
0
     51 - 100
5
5
0
0
0
     101 - 250
4
4
0
0
0
     251 - 500
7
7
0
0
0
     501+
142
142
0
0
0
     Size Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Business & Industry
18
17
1
0
0
Government (incl. Public Defender)
12
11
0
0
1
Public Interest
13
13
0
0
0
Judicial Clerkships
23
22
0
0
1
     Federal
18
18
0
0
0
     State & Local
5
4
0
0
1
     Other
0
0
0
0
0
Education
2
2
0
0
0
Employer Type Unknown
0
0
0
0
0
Total Employed
236
231
1
2
2
Judicial Clerkships
Number
Circuit Court of Appeals
6
Federal District Court
10
Bankruptcy Court & Article I Federal Court
2
State Supreme Court
2
State Trial & Appellate Court
2
Salary Information
Number
Percent
Number and Percent of Employed Reporting Salaries
228/236
97%
Number and Percent of Total Class Reporting Salaries
228/249
92%
Known Salaries of Employed
Number
Percent of Reporting Salaries (228)
Percent of Employed (236)
Percent of Class (249)
Less than $40,000
6
3%
3%
2%
$40,000 - $59,999
23
10%
10%
9%
$60,000 - $79,999
22
10%
9%
9%
$80,000 - $99,999
7
3%
3%
3%
$100,000 - $119,999
4
2%
2%
2%
$120,000 - $139,999
9
4%
4%
4%
$140,000 - $159,999
8
4%
3%
3%
$160,000-$179,999
9
4%
4%
4%
$180,000+
140
62%
60%
56%
Employed and Not Reporting
8
N/A
3%
3%
Salary by Selected Job Sectors1
Mean
25th
Percentile
Median
Salary
75th
Percentile
# Reporting
Salary
# Employed in Category (Percent Reporting)
Law Firm
$171,870
$180,000
$180,000
$180,000
164
166 (99%)
     Solo
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
0
0 (0%)
     2-10
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
1
3 (33%)
     11-25
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
3
3 (100%)
     26-50
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
2
2 (100%)
     51-100
$153,000
$160,000
$180,000
$180,000
5
5 (100%)
     101-250
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
4
4 (100%)
     251-500
$167,857
$165,000
$180,000
$180,000
7
7 (100%)
     501+
$177,183
$180,000
$180,000
$180,000
142
142 (100%)
     Unknown size
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
0
0 (0%)
Judicial Clerkship
$60,898
$59,265
$64,927
$65,750
22
22 (100%)
Business/Industry
$122,500
$111,250
$122,500
$143,000
14
17 (82%)
Public Interest/Government
$59,973
$50,000
$50,000
$62,125
24
24 (100%)
Education
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
<5 reported
0
2 (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
$148,220
$124,250
$180,000
$180,000
208
211 (99%)
JD Advantage
$111,188
$95,000
$118,500
$141,000
16
19 (84%)
1 Based upon salaries of full-time, long-term employed graduates.
Bar Passage Rate (Illinois)
Percent
Northwestern Law Class of 2016 Bar Passage
84%
State of Illinois Bar Passage for All First-Time Takers 77%
Top 5 Employment Markets1
Top 5 Employee Markets
1 Based upon 235 employed graduates.

jd 2016 employment statistics table