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 2013 as reported to NALP on February 15, 2014

Law schools report employment information to the National Association of Law Placement (“NALP”) on a set date in February each year.  For the class of 2013, Moritz was able to  report employment information for 99.1% of the class.

General Summary

Total number of graduates: 225
Total number reported: 223
Graduates seeking employment: 220*

*Three students reported they were not currently seeking employment.

Number Percent of Total Seeking Percent of Total in Class
Employed Full-Time
187
85.0%
83.1%
Pursuing Graduate Degree
3
  1.4%
1.3%
Employed Part-Time
24
10.9%
10.7%
Unemployed, Seeking Employment
3
  1.4%
1.3%
Not Working – Start Date Deferred
3
  1.4%
1.3%
TOTAL
220
100%
97.8%

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.    In addition, every year a number of Moritz graduates choose to pursue  professional work in which their law degrees are not a part of the job  descriptions.  In most of these positions, their legal training  helps them both attain jobs and succeed in them.  Such positions  include serving in federal, state and local government, holding public  office, creating new businesses and running existing ones,  and working  in educational institutions and other non-profit organizations.   Here is the breakdown of the class of 2013 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
155
73.5%
68.9%
139
3
5
8
J.D. Advantage
51
24.2%
22.7%
  40
4
2
5
Other Professional Employment
4
 1.9%
1.8%
    0
0
4
0
Non-Professional Employment
1
 0.5%
0.4%
    1
0
0
0
Employed – Undeterminable
0
0%
0%
    0
0
0
0

Of the remaining 14 graduates (6.2% of the total class), three obtained jobs before February 15, 2014, but had not yet started, (two Bar Passage Required Full-Time/Short-Term, and one J.D. Advantage Full-Time/Long-Term), three were pursuing graduate degrees, three were not seeking employment, three were seeking but unemployed  and two were unknown.

Three students who were working in short-term  jobs worked solely for Moritz faculty or programs or the university.

Every year, Moritz provides 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 18  graduates from the class of 2013 who took advantage of this opportunity, 15 were employed in short-term positions funded solely by the grant,  and three secured full-time  employment prior to February 15, 2014.  Sixteen  of the 20 participants last year gained full-time employment following  the completion of the grant.  Graduates  receiving grants were located in five different states (OH, NY, TX, AZ, and IL) and the District of Columbia.  Participating  organizations ranged from private firms to not-for-profits to government  entities.

Here is the breakdown of the class of 2013 by sector:

sector pie

For the 40.3% of students who accepted positions at firms, the chart below demonstrates the size of the law firm:

sector bar two

 

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
15
7.1
Morgan Verkamp LLC; Emens & Wolper Kelman, Winstone & Vellone PC (NY);Thomas, Garvey & Garvey PLLC (MI)
11-25
 7
3.3
Onda, Labuhn, Rankin & Boggs Co.; Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk, LPA Serling Rooks Ferrara McKoy & Worob LLP (NY)
26-50
 5
2.4
Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd.; Faruki, Ireland & Cox PLL  MacMillan, Sobanski & Todd LLC (MI)
51-100
 4
1.9
Brouse McDowell; Frantz Ward LLP Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP (TX)
101-250
 7
3.3
Tucker Ellis LLP; Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Cassiday Schade, LLP (IL); Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory LLP (CA)
251-500
15
7.1
Frost Brown Todd LLC; Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease Clark Hill PLC (MI); Knobbe, Martens, Olsen & Bear, LLP (CA)
500+
16
7.6
Baker & Hostetler, LLP; Jones Day Alston & Bird LLP (CA); Barnes & Thornburg LLP (IN); Ballard Spahr (PA)
Solo Practice
 8
3.8
Hicks Law Office LLP  Benjamin Kolansky Attorney at Law and EB-5 Consultant
Size Unknown
 1
  .5
Total 78 37.0
Business
22
10.4
Greif; Medical Mutual of Ohio Dun & Bradstreet (NJ); Crescent Heights (FL)
Government
19
9.0
Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office; Ohio  Attorney General Air Force JAG (GA); Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (PA)
Judicial Clerkship
11
5.2
U.S. Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court – Southern District of Ohio U.S. Court of Appeals – Eleventh District (GA); Judge Devers (NC)
Public Interest
8
3.8
Ohio  Public Defender; Connected Nation California Rural Legal Assistance (CA); Americorps Vista (NY)
Academic
4
1.9
The Ohio State University Office of Legal Affairs  Chicago Public Schools (IL)

Full-Time, J.D. Advantage

Sector Number Reported Percent Employed Examples of Ohio Employers Examples of Non-Ohio Employers
Business
29
13.7
Deloitte;  Abercrombie & Fitch Legal OnRamp (CA); Truepenny People (CO)
Government
6
2.8
Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services; Ohio Department of Education U.S. Senate (D.C.)
Academic
4
1.9
Cincinnati Public Schools; The Ohio State University Office of Athletic Compliance
Public Interest
5
2.4
Buckeye Institute; groundWork Fair Vote (MD); Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma (OK)

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, emceed 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 Session  – Information 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 2013 found employment throughout the United States, with one graduate accepting employment overseas. As a member of the National Law School Consortium (NLSC), an association of ten 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.

geo chart
Other locations include: AZ, CO, D.C., FL, GA, IL, IN, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NV, OR, OK, PA, RI, UT, VA, WV, China

Salary Information

Salary data is self-reported by graduates, and 67.3% of the employed 2013 graduates reported their starting salaries which ranged from $52,000 in the 25th percentile to $95,000 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
85
61
$68,500
$105,000
$120,000
Business
58
45
$55,000
$62,400
$70,000
Government
30
17
$42,500
$45,000
$50,000
Academic
13
 5
$21,000
$41,000
$50,750
Judicial Clerkship
11
10
$58,000
$58,000
$59,000
Public Interest
14
 4
n/a
$41,750
n/a
Law Firm Size Number Reported Number Reported w/Salary 25% Median 75%
2-10
22
11
$41,600
$50,000
$65,000
11-25
7
5
$52,500
$65,000
$95,000
26-50
5
4
n/a
$70,000
n/a
51-100
4
4
n/a
$107,500
n/a
101-250
7
7
$90,000
$107,500
$110,000
251-500
15
15
$110,000
$110,000
$120,000
500+
16
15
$75,000
$120,000
$145,000
Solo Practice
8
0
n/a
n/a
n/a
Size Unknown
1
0
n/a
n/a
n/a

*not available

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
Networking/Target Mail
53
25.4%
Job Posting at Moritz
56
26.8%
On-Campus Interview
34
16.3%
Referral
35
16.7%
Non-Moritz Job Posting
 9
  4.3%
Job Fair
 5
  2.4%
Pre-Law School Employer
 3
  1.4%
Started Own Business/Practice
8
  3.8%
Temporary Agency
1
  0.5%
Other
5
  2.4%

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, Denise Pietzsch, a certified corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant, 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 for 2Ls – 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 2013 ABA Report
Class of 2012 ABA Report
Class of 2012 NALP Report* *The report is partially redacted for privacy and may not reflect recent revisions submitted to NALP.
Class of 2011 ABA Report

Archived Statistics
Employment Statistics for the Class of 2012
Employment Statistics for the Class of 2011
Employment Statistics for the Class of 2010
Employment Statistics for the Class of 2009