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Employment Comparison for Classes of 2010-2013

Penn State Law School Employment 9 Months after Graduation
Class of  2013 2012 2011 2010
Total Graduates  200  194 179 187
Employed 145  153 148 139
Bar Passage Required 103  125 124 105
JD Preferred 21  16 10 22
Other Professional 16  9 5 7
Non-Professional 5  3 5 3
Unknown 7  0 4 2
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5  15 13 12
Unemployed — not seeking 0  4 2 10
Unemployed — seeking 39  17 14 18
Employment status unknown  0  5 2 8

 

Employment Types of Employed Graduates
Class of 2013 2012 2011 2010
Law Firms  35% 43% 41% 32%
Solo 4% 4% 3% 2%
2-10 10% 16% 16% 19%
11-25 6% 4% 6% 1%
26-50 3% 5% 3% 4%
51-100 4% 3% 3% 0%
101-250 3% 3% 4% 1%
251-500  1% 3% 1% 1%
501+ 3% 5% 2% 3%
unknown 1% 1% 3% 1%
Business and Industry  22% 20% 17% 22%
Government 12% 10% 8% 12%
Military 2% .5% 2% 1%
Public Interest 3% 5% 3% 4%
Clerkship 19% 16% 20% 19%
Federal 3% 0% 3% 15%
State and Local 19% 16% 97% 47%
Other 0% 0% 0% 0%
Academia 5% 5% 6% 4%
Other/unknown 2% .5% 3% 2%

 

Full-time Salaries of Employed Graduates
Class of 2013 2012 2011 2010*
Total Employed Graduates  145 194 179 187
Number of Salaries Reported 100 102 73 32
Percentage of Graduates Reported 69% 54% 41% 17%
25th Percentile $44,250 $40,000 $39,500 $40,250
Median $55,000 $49,250 $50,000 $50,000
75th Percentile $69,750 $70,000 $74,000 $60,250
Mean $67,679 $61,464 $64,283 $51,248
Judicial Clerk
25th Percentile $37,300 $34,553 $37,000 $33,079
Median  $45,000 $38,000 $40,000 $50,885
75th Percentile $51,437 $50,000 $47,548 $57,704
Mean $43,286 $40,175 $41,688 $46,489
Private Practice
25th Percentile $55,000 $45,000 $50,000 $45,000
Median $65,000 $67,500 $65,000 $52,500
75th Percentile $103,000 $125,000 $125,000 $75,500
Mean $79,273 $80,275 $82,467 $62,500
Government
25th Percentile $38,000 $46,900 < 5 reported < 5 reported
Median $45,370 $57,600 < 5 reported < 5 reported
75th Percentile $55,000 $63,165 < 5 reported < 5 reported
Mean $46,845 $56,164 < 5 reported < 5 reported
Public Interest
25th Percentile < 5 reported $42,000 < 5 reported < 5 reported
Median $46,500 $42,000 < 5 reported < 5 reported
75th Percentile < 5 reported $44,850 < 5 reported < 5 reported
Mean $47,000 $43,236 < 5 reported < 5 reported
*Due to the low number of graduate responses, the salary information for the class of 2010 is not statistically reliable. As a result, we are continuing our efforts to seek additional salary data concerning the class of 2010 and will update this chart as appropriate.

 

 Geographic Destinations of Penn State Law School Graduates (9 Months Out)
Class of 2013 2012 2011 2010
Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 3% 4% 1% 1%
Mid-Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 59% 63% 69% 74%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 7% 5% 0% 2%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, ND) 1% 1% 0% 1%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 18% 19% 21% 17%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0% 1% 0% 0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 2% 3% 2% 2%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 4% 1% 5% 1%
Pacific (AK, CA, WA, HI, OR) 7% 3% 2% 1%
Foreign 1% 0% 1% 1%