Employment Statistics

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 2014 as of March 15, 2015

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 2014, Moritz was able to report employment information for 99.5% of the class.

General Summary

Total number of graduates: 210
Total number reported: 209

Number Percent of Total Known Seeking Percent of Total in Class
Employed Full-Time
193
92.3%
91.9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree
2
1.0%
1.0%
Employed Part-Time
11
5.3%
5.2%
Unemployed, Seeking Employment
2
1.0%
1.0%
Not Working – Start Date Deferred
1
0.5%
0.5%
TOTAL
209
100%
99.5%

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 require, legal training. Here is the breakdown of the class of 2014 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
168
82.4%
80.0%
155
5
3
5
J.D. Advantage
35
17.2%
16.7%
32
1
0
2
Non-Professional Employment
1
0.5%
0.5%
0
0
1
0

Of the remaining six graduates (2.9% of the total class), one obtained a Bar Passage Required Full-Time/Long-Term job before March 15, 2014, but had not yet started, two were pursuing graduate degrees, two were seeking but unemployed and one was unknown.

Two students who were working in short-term jobs worked solely for Moritz faculty.

Every year, Moritz offers Career Start Grants to up to 20 graduates in order to enable them to gain work experience with organizations and in fields that will further their career goals. Of the seven graduates from the class of 2014 who took advantage of this opportunity, five were employed in short-term positions funded solely by the grant and three secured full-time employment prior to or immediately after March 15, 2015. The organizations ranged from private firms to not-for-profits to government entities.

Here is the breakdown of the class of 2014 by sector:

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For the 45.6% of students who accepted positions at firms, the chart below demonstrates the size of the law firm:

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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
24
11.8
Klein, Tomb & Eberly; Zukerman, Daiker & Co., LPA David White Real Estate (MA); Pablo Hurtado Law Firm (FL)
11-25
7
3.4
Manchester, Bennett, Powers & Ullman; Manley Burke, LPA Roddy Law (IL)
26-50
8
3.9
Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd.; Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl Co., LPA Pitzik, Frank & Samotny LTD (IL);The Webb Law Firm (PA)
51-100
9
4.4
Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Berry Appleman & Ledien LLP (CA); Patterson & Sheridan, LLP (TX)
101-250
12
5.9
Keating, Meuthing & Klekamp, PLL; Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Harris Beach, PLLC (NY); Moore & Van Allen PLLC (NC)
251-500
13
6.4
Thompson Hine, LLP; Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease Cahill Gordon & Reindel (NY); Dickinson Wright (MI)
501+
12
5.9
Baker & Hostetler, LLP; Jones Day Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (WA); Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP (WV)
Solo Practice
2
1.0
Matthew P. Brady, Attorney at Law, LLC; Porter Law Office, LLC
Total 87 42.6
Business
31
15.2
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Ernst & Young Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (MI); GE Capital (CT)
Government
28
13.7
Columbus City Attorney; Ohio Attorney General Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office (FL); U.S. House of Representatives (DC)
Judicial Clerkship
9
4.4
U.S. Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio Alaska Court System, First Judicial District (AK); New York Court of Appeals (NY)
Public Interest
4
2.0
Franklin County Public Defender; Student Legal Services, The Ohio State University Clark County Public Defender (NV)
Academic
1
0.5
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
22
10.8
Cardinal Health; Huntington National Bank Ford Motor Company (MI); Goldman Sachs (UT)
Government
5
2.5
Public Utilities Commission of Ohio; State of Ohio Department of Aging United States Citizen & Immigration Services (NY); Department of Homeland Security (DC)
Public Interest
3
1.5
Ohio Center for Law Related Education Sundance Institute (UT)
Academic
3
1.5
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Achievement First (CT); STRIVE Preparatory Schools (CO)

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.
    • Networking with J.D. Graduates Working in Alternative Careers – Cheryl Heisler, President and Founder of Lawternatives and alternative careers expert, moderated a networking event with law school graduates working in alternative careers in business, finance, human resources, higher education, public affairs and non-profits.
    • The New Law Firm Trend: Non-Partner Track Opportunities - Legal recruiters discussed the new trend of hiring non-partner track attorneys, such as career associates and contract attorneys.
    • CIA Information SessionInformation session with the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.
    • 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 2014 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.

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Other locations include: AK, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, NC, NV, PA, TX, UT, and WV.

Salary Information

Salary data is self-reported by graduates, and 80% of the employed 2014 graduates reported their starting salaries which ranged from $47,500 in the 25th percentile to $88,000 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
93
70
$55,000
$95,000
$116,250
Business
54
44
$45,760
$55,000
$74,450
Government
40
37
$43,250
$53,000
$59,750
Academic
6
4
n/a
$46,504
n/a
Judicial Clerkship
10
8
$50,641
$59,250
$64,356
Public Interest
11
8
$41,625
$43,250
$51,250
Law Firm Size Number Reported Number Reported w/Salary 25% Median 75%
2-10
27
13
$45,000
$50,000
$53,500
11-25
7
7
$45,000
$51,000
$70,000
26-50
8
7
$60,000
$75,000
$100,000
51-100
9
7
$70,000
$90,000
$100,000
101-250
11
10
$98,750
$102,500
$110,000
251-500
14
14
$100,000
$116,500
$130,000
501+
12
11
$115,000
$145,000
$145,000
Solo Practice
5
1
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
55
32.0%
Networking/Target Mail
28
16.3%
On-Campus Interview
27
15.7%
Referral
27
15.7%
Non-Moritz Job Posting
24
13.9%
Job Fair
4
2.3%
Pre-Law School Employer
4
2.3%
Started Own Business/Practice
2
1.2%
Temporary Agency
1
0.6%

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.
    • Top 10 Ways to 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.
  • Professor Matt Wilson Speaks About International Law Careers - Professor Wilson shared networking strategies for international and domestic practices.
  • Lunch with a Lawyer Program - Monthly program whereby private and public sector employers hosted students for lunch and 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.

Class of 2014 ABA Report

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

Class of 2012 ABA Report
Class of 2011 ABA Report

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