Class of 2008 U.S. News Employment Summary Data

We collected the employment summary data from the 2010 U.S. News rankings and put it in a spreadsheet for easy use and comparison. Additionally, we added a few of our own metrics that help compare data.

We will eventually make the data even more accessible, but we cannot promise a specific date because we are gearing up for the first official data request. Nevertheless, our goal is to have a comparative tool available within the next month.

Original Data from Summaries

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar
School’s bar passage rate for first-time test takers
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers
Total graduatesGraduates employed at graduation
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation
25th percentile private sector starting salary
Median private sector starting salary
75th percentile private sector starting salary
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information
Median public service starting salary
Percent employed in academia
Percent employed in business and industry
Percent employed in government
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships
Percent employed in law firms
Percent employed in public interest
Percent employed in an unknown field
Percent employed in a judicial clerkship by an Article III federal judge
Graduates employed in-state
Graduates employed in foreign countries
Number of states where graduates are employed
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA)
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD)
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN)
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX)
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY)
Employment location unknown
Bar admission required or anticipated
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position
Average Indebtedness (2009)
% that borrowed
FT Tuition (09-10)
PT Tuition (09-10)
FT In-State (09-10)
PT In-State (09-10)

New Metrics

% of Class Represented by Salary Info
Total Grads Represented by Salary Info
% Represented Difference
% Reported Percentile
% Represented Difference Percentile
25th, 50th, 75th percentiles for each {} and % of Class Represented by Salary Info
Average for each original column and % of Class Represented by Salary Info

6 thoughts on “Class of 2008 U.S. News Employment Summary Data”

  1. This is great data. I know you are busy, but it would be helpful to get an executive summary of the findings from the additional categories you added. For example, you could describe the average percent of students represented by the employment stats by school ranges.

  2. I love the initiative but this only rehashes the info on my school’s website: people on law review will pay off the private school tuition and we’ll just pretend nobody else exists so applicants think they will all make $100k

  3. Hanson v. Ford Motor Co., 278 F.2d 586 (8th Cir. 1960)

    11 elements of common law fraud in Minnesota:

    1. there must be a representation;
    2. that was false;
    3. having to do with a past or present fact,
    4. that is material;
    5. and susceptible to knowledge;
    6. and the representor knows it to be false or asserted the fact without knowledge of whether it was true;
    7. with the intent to induce the other person to act;
    8. and the other person was induced to act;
    9. in reliance on the representation;
    10. and the victim suffered damages
    11. attributable to the misrepresentation.6

  4. About time, but this list still leaves a lot to be desired. First, you should ask whether employers include health insurance/retirement plans. Otherwise, you will be full of answers that skew statistics as being employed. Would people take on law school debt knowing that they would become “coders” paying $15/hour with no benefits whatsoever–where the firm confiscates your cell phone upon entry and blocks internet access?

    How would that be reported on your statistics? And what about the “hang out your own shingle” grads? I shudder to think of having a recent grad with no real training representing someone, and what really are they making?

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