Employment Statistics 2016

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 2016 as of March 15, 2017

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 2016, Moritz was able to report employment information for 100% of the class.

General Summary

Total number of graduates: 179

Number Percent of Total in Class
Employed Full-Time
164
91.6%
Pursuing Graduate Degree
2
1.1%
Employed Part-Time
12
6.7%
Unemployed, Seeking Employment
1
0.6%
TOTAL
179
100%

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 2016 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
147
83.5%
82.1%
140
2
4
1
J.D. Advantage
26
14.8%
14.5%
20
0
1
5
Total Bar Required/J.D. Advantage
173
98.3%
96.6%
160
2
5
6

Of the remaining six graduates, two were pursuing graduate degrees, three were in nonprofessional jobs, and one was volunteering while seeking paid employment.

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 three graduates obtained fellowships through this process:  the Reinberger Foundation Fellowship in Prosecution, the Finn Fellowship in International Law, and the OCCH/Legal Aid Fellowship.  These positions are 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.  Two graduates were so employed at the time of this report:  one is working for a judge until he is brought on full time and one is working part-time at a local immigration firm.

Five graduates working in school funded positions were conducting research for faculty.

Class of 2016 by Sector

For the 47.2% 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
23
13.1
Hurtuk & Daroff Co., LLP; Patituce & Associates, LLC Gubler & Abbott, LLC (CA); Itkowitz PLLC (NY)
11-25
7
4.0
Fishel Hass Kim Albrecht LLP; The Spitz Law Firm, LLC
26-50
5
2.8
Bailey Cavalieri LLC; Crabbe Brown & James LLP  Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP (WV); Ver Ploey & Lumpkin LPA (FL)
51-100
2
1.1
Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter; Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Daugherty, Co., L.P.A.
101-250
14
8.0
Bricker & Eckler LLP; Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP  Snell & Wilmer (NV)
251-500
7
4.0
Thompson Hine, LLP; Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP Ice Miller LLP (IN); Steptoe & Johnson PLLC (WV)
501+
19
10.8
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; Jones Day K&L Gates (PA); Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (NY)
Solo Practice
2
1.1
Michelle McCarty
Total 79 44.9
Business
31
17.6
DSW, Inc.; Honda North America, Inc.
Government
18
10.2
Columbus City Attorney; Ohio Attorney General Marine Judge Advocates Corps (VA); Suffolk County District Attorney (NY)
Judicial Clerkship
8
4.5
U.S. Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court – Southern District of Ohio The Nebraska Supreme Court (NE); U.S. Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit (MI)
Public Interest
7
4.0
Disability Rights Ohio; Legal Aid of Southeast Ohio  Amnesty International (UK); El Paso Public Defender’s Office (TX)

Full-Time, J.D. Advantage

Sector Number Reported Percent Employed Examples of Ohio Employers Examples of Non-Ohio Employers
Business
9
5.1
Diamond Hill Capital Management; Rockbridge Capital Ernst & Young (MI)
Government
4
2.3
Ohio Department of Transportation White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (D.C.)
Public Interest
2
1.1
 Health Policy Institute; Homes on the Hill
Education
4
2.3
Insight School of Ohio; The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

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 regional and international law firms discussed the recruiting process and how to be successful in practice.
    • 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 – An information session was held on the value of post-graduate judicial clerkships featuring alumni and faculty who have clerked.

Employment by Geography

Graduates from the class of 2016 found employment throughout the United States and abroad. 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: DC, IL, IN, MA, MI, NE, NV, PA, TX, VA, WV, Canada, China, and the United Kingdom.

Salary Information

Salary data is self-reported by graduates, and 74.3% of the employed 2016 graduates reported their starting salaries which ranged from $50,000 in the 25th percentile to $110,000 in the 75th percentile, with a median salary of $65,000. Reported starting salaries vary widely within the private and public sectors.

Sector Number Reported Number Reported w/ Salary 25% Median 75%
Law Firm
83
63
$65,000
$110,000
$120,000
Business
43
33
$45,760
$65,000
$75,100
Government
20
17
$47,500
$52,000
$57,075
Education
9
3
n/a
$33,000
n/a
Judicial Clerkship
8
8
$46,250
$53,500
$61,500
Public Interest
10
7
$44,000
$50,000
$60,000
Military JAG
2
2
n/a
n/a
n/a
Law Firm Size Number Reported Number Reported w/Salary 25% Median 75%
2-10
27
15
$50,000
$55,000
$65,000
11-25
7
6
$47,500
$68,500
$87,000
26-50
5
3
n/a
$100,000
n/a
51-100
2
1
n/a
n/a
n/a
101-250
14
12
$110,000
$110,000
$115,000
251-500
7
7
$115,000
$116,000
$120,000
501+
19
19
$115,000
$120,000
$145,000
Solo Practice
2
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
56
35.9%
Networking/Target Mail
31
19.9%
On-Campus Interview
28
17.9%
Referral
16
10.3%
Non-Moritz Job Posting
11
7.1%
Used School’s Judicial Clerkship Process or OSCAR
4
2.6%
Job Fair
1
0.6%
Pre-Law School Employer
2
1.3%
Started Own Business/Practice
2
1.3%
Other
5
3.2%

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 – A partner from a regional law firm gave tips on how to draft successful resumes and cover letters.
    • Interview Demonstration – A local practioner and a 2L discussed how to prepare for an interview and performed a 30-minute interview on stage.
    • Conducting a Job Search for Next Summer – Specific steps, timelines, and resources for finding employment for the post 1L summer were presented.
  • Dress for Success – Fashion tips from business casual to formal attire were showcased in a fashion show.
  • 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 was held for current 1L and 2L students interested in interviewing for intellectual property positions through Loyola’s Patent Law Interview Program, a 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 – An information session was held on what to expect in the application process and how to prepare.
  • Opportunity Forum: Table Talk Session – A networking event with public sector and nonprofit employers who were hiring for summer positions as well as part-time school year positions was held.
  • Lunch with a Lawyer Program – Students were invited each month to private and public sector employers for lunch and an opportunity to hone their informational interviewing skills.
  • Mock Interview Program – 1Ls 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 2016 ABA Report
Employment Statistics for the Class of 2015

Employment Statistics for the Class of 2014