Employment Statistics 2015

A Moritz law degree provides many opportunities and every year our graduates obtain positions in a broad array of job sectors, including traditional law firm practice, government and public interest, academia, and business. Our career service staff helps students achieve their goals during and after law school through individualized self assessment, identifying appropriate legal career options, providing training in job search skills and offering many sources of employment opportunities.

Graduate Employment Rate for the class of 2015 as of March 15, 2016

Law schools report employment information to the National Association of Law Placement (“NALP”) and the American Bar Association (“ABA”) as of a set date in March each year. For the class of 2015, Moritz was able to report employment information for 99.4% of the class.

General Summary

Total number of graduates: 176
Total number reported: 175

  Number Percent of Total Known Seeking Percent of Total in Class
Employed Full-Time
157
89.7%
89.2%
Pursuing Graduate Degree
1
0.6%
0.6%
Employed Part-Time
14
8.0%
8.0%
Unemployed, Seeking Employment
2
1.1%
1.1%
Not Working – Start Date Deferred
1
0.6%
0.6%
TOTAL
175
100%
99.4%

Breakdown by Type of Employment

Students at Moritz have diverse career goals, and we work closely with our students to help them find rewarding employment consistent with their goals and interests. Some students seek traditional legal work within law firms, the government, or public interest entities. Others seek policy, management and administrative work, in which employers prefer, but do not always require, legal training or admittance to a Bar (J.D. Advantage). Here is the breakdown of the class of 2015 by job criteria:

Employment Status Number Percent of Those Employed Percent of Total Class Full-Time Part-Time
Long-Term
Short-Term
Long-Term
Short-Term
Bar Exam Passage Required
146
85.4%
83%
134
3
7
2
J.D. Advantage
22
12.9%
12.5%
19
0
1
2
Other Professional Employment
3
1.8%
1.7%
1
0
2
0

Of the remaining five graduates (2.8% of the total class), one obtained a J.D. Advantage full-time/long-term job before March 15, 2016, but had not yet started, one was pursuing a graduate degree, two were seeking but unemployed and one was unknown.

School Funded Positions

Through the support of foundations and donors, Moritz is able to offer fully funded fellowships (including salary and benefits) in specific areas of public service practice.  This year two graduates obtained fellowships through this process:  the Reinberger Foundation Fellowship in Prosecution and the Greif Fellowship in Juvenile Human Trafficking. These positions are both full-time/long term (one year-long).

Moritz Career Start Grants provide short-term stipends to graduates still seeking full-time employment to enable them to gain work experience with organizations in fields that will further their career goals.  Three graduates were so employed at the time of this report:  two were working full-time at the attorney general’s offices in El Paso, TX and Pittsburgh, PA and one was working part-time at Central Ohio Transit Authority where she will be employed beginning in April.

Two graduates working in school funded positions were conducting research for faculty in the areas of practice they wish to pursue.

Class of 2015 by Sector

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For the 42.1% of students who accepted positions at firms, the chart below demonstrates the size of the law firm:

Full-Time, Bar Passage Required Positions

Sector Number Reported Percent Employed Examples of Ohio Employers Examples of Non-Ohio Employers
Law Firm (size)
2-10
16
9.4
MacMurray, Peterson & Shuster, LLP; Scott & Nolder, Co., L.P.A.  
11-25
9
5.3
Kayne Law Group; Scott Scriven & Wahoff  
26-50
6
3.5
Bailey Cavalieri LLC; Carpenter Lipps & Leland  
51-100
5
2.9
Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter; Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Daugherty, Co., L.P.A. McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff (IL)
101-250
8
4.7
Bricker & Eckler LLP; Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP  
251-500
7
4.1
Ice Miller LLP; Thompson Hine, LLP Steptoe & Johnson PLLC (WV)
501+
17
9.9
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; Jones Day Kirkland & Ellis LLP (NY); Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (NY)
Solo Practice
1
0.6
Yost Law  
Total 69 40.4  
Business
28
17.0
DSW, Inc.; Proctor & Gamble Goldman, Sachs & Co. (NY); YMCA of America (IL)
Government
24
15.2
Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office; Ohio Attorney General City of El Paso City Attorney’s Office (TX); Marine Judge Advocates Corps (VA)
Judicial Clerkship
9
5.3
U.S. Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio U.S. Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit (MI); Arizona Court of Appeals, Division (AZ)
Public Interest
6
4.1
Franklin County Public Defender; ACLU of Ohio  
Education
1
0.6
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law  

Full-Time, J.D. Advantage

Sector Number Reported Percent Employed Examples of Ohio Employers Examples of Non-Ohio Employers
Business
15
8.8
Pricewaterhouse Coopers; South Central Industrial, LLC Ernst & Young (TX); Textron Systems (MD)
Public Interest
3
1.8
  Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (IL); LIBRE Initiative (VA)
Education
1
0.6
The Ohio State University Graduate School  

Every year, the Moritz Career Services Office organizes panels of professionals who speak to students about experiences in traditional law careers as well as those in other sectors. Here are some examples of recent programs:

    • Large Firm Practice – Lawyers from an international law firm discussed the recruiting process with 1Ls.
    • Alternative Careers – Cheryl Heisler, President and Founder of Lawternatives and alternative careers expert, talked to students about alternative careers in areas such as business, finance, human resources, higher education, public affairs and non-profits.
    • Judicial Clerkships Panel – Information session on the value of post-graduate judicial clerkships featuring alumni and faculty who have clerked.

Employment by Geography

Graduates from the class of 2015 found employment throughout the United States. As a member of the National Law School Consortium (NLSC), an association of nine top public law schools from across the U.S., Moritz provides the opportunity for its students to meet employers to whom they may not otherwise be exposed by attending NLSC job fairs in various U.S. legal markets.

 
Other locations include: AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NV, PA, VA, WA, and WV.

Salary Information

Salary data is self-reported by graduates, and 80.1% of the employed 2015 graduates reported their starting salaries which ranged from $50,000in the 25th percentile to $100,000 in the 75th percentile, with a median salary of $60,000. Reported starting salaries vary widely within the private and public sectors.

Sector Number Reported Number Reported w/ Salary 25% Median 75%
Law Firm
72
61
$60,000
$100,000
$120,000
Business
47
40
$50,725
$60,000
$75,000
Government
26
18
$41,809
$50,892
$52,625
Education
5
1
n/a
n/a
n/a
Judicial Clerkship
9
8
$39,863
$55,547
$59,750
Public Interest
10
7
$37,000
$42,500
$46,000
Military JAG
2
2
n/a
n/a
n/a
Law Firm Size Number Reported Number Reported w/Salary 25% Median 75%
2-10
19
10
$40,500
$50,000
$58,500
11-25
9
8
$49,500
$60,000
$73,750
26-50
6
6
$86,250
$90,850
$100,000
51-100
5
5
$80,000
$90,000
$130,000
101-250
8
8
$81,250
$110,000
$115,000
251-500
7
7
$80,000
$105,000
$115,000
501+
17
17
$120,000
$145,000
$155,000
Solo Practice
1
0
n/a
n/a
n/a

For additional information on salary statistics nationally for beginning attorneys, visit http://www.nalp.org/recentgraduates.

Source of Job

Moritz graduates obtain legal jobs by a number of pathways, including on and off-campus interview programs through which law firms and public sector employers routinely hire our students, job postings on our web-based job site, and from working with career counselors to develop personalized job search strategies.

Source of Job Number Reported Percent of Reported
Job Posting at Moritz
41
27.9%
Networking/Target Mail
21
14.3%
On-Campus Interview
35
23.8%
Referral
21
14.3%
Non-Moritz Job Posting
12
8.2%
Job Fair
2
1.4%
Pre-Law School Employer
3
2.0%
Started Own Business/Practice
1
0.7%
Temporary Agency
2
1.4%
Other
9
6.1%

In order to better prepare students for their job search, Moritz career counselors plan a variety of programs and networking events throughout the year. Here are some examples of recent programs:

  • 1L Academy
    • Oh, the Legal Places You Could Go! – A group of local practitioners representing various sectors of employers discussed features of their work.
    • Step into the Profession NOW! – Local professionals and Moritz faculty and students spoke about ways to start transitioning to a professional now.
    • What I Did My IL Summer – A panel of students discussed their diverse summer experiences and how they found these opportunities.
  • Jump Start Week
    • Resumes and Cover Letters That Get Results
    • Interview Demonstration
    • Conducting a Job Search for Next Summer – Specific steps, timelines, and resources for finding employment for the post 1L summer.
  • Dress for Success – Fashion tips from business casual to formal attire.
  • Etiquette Dinner – During a four-course dinner, Sandy Hyde, President of the Etiquette School of Ohio, reviewed table etiquette and provided tips on appropriate topics for conversation and on “working a crowd” at business receptions.
  • Young Alumni Panel A panel of recent alumni who successfully navigated the process of landing post-grad positions provided tips and strategies for a successful job search.
  • IP Job Fair Information Session – An information session for current 1L and 2L students interested in interviewing for intellectual property positions through Loyola’s Patent Law Interview Program, two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment.
  • Judicial Clerkship Nuts & Bolts – Information session on what to expect in the process and how to prepare.
  • Opportunity Forum: Table Talk Session – Networking event with public sector and nonprofit employers who were hiring for summer positions as well as some part-time school year positions.
  • Lunch with a Lawyer Program – Monthly program whereby private and public sector employers hosted students for lunch and provided an opportunity to hone their informational interviewing skills.
  • Mock Interview Program – ILs were matched with local practicing attorneys for 30-minute mock interviews followed by constructive feedback and coaching.

Rounding may cause one-tenth discrepancy in the reported numbers.

Additional Information on Our Employment Data

Class of 2015 ABA Report
Class of 2015 NALP Report* *The report is partially redacted for privacy and may not reflect recent revisions submitted to NALP.
Employment Statistics for the Class of 2014
Employment Statistics for the Class of 2013