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 2012 as reported to NALP on February 15, 2013

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 2012, Moritz was able to  report employment information for 99.5% of the class.

General Summary

Total number of graduates: 222
Total number reported: 221
Graduates seeking employment: 216*

*Five students reported they were not currently seeking employment; three of these students were studying for the bar exam.

Number Percent of Total Seeking Percent of Total in Class
Employed Full-Time
180
83.3%
81.1%
Pursuing Graduate Degree
5
2.3%
2.3%
Employed Part-Time
23
10.6%
10.4%
Unemployed, Seeking Employment
4
1.9%
1.8%
Not Working – Start Date Deferred
4
1.9%
1.8%
TOTAL
216
100%
97.4%

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 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 the job 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 2012 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
148
72.9%
66.7%
127
11
7
3
J.D. Advantage
46
22.7%
20.7%
33
1
6
6
Other Professional Employment
7
3.4%
3.2%
6
1
0
0
Non-Professional Employment
1
0.5%
0.5%
1
0
0
0
Employed – Undeterminable
1
0.5%
0.5%
0
0
0
1

Of the remaining 19 graduates (8.6% of the total class), four obtained jobs before February 15, 2013 with a start date deferred (one Bar Passage Required Full-Time/Long-Term, one Bar Passage Required Part-Time/Short-Term, one J.D. Advantage Full-Time/Long-Term, and one J.D. Advantage Part-Time/Short-Term), five were pursuing graduate degrees, five were not seeking employment (three of whom were studying for the bar exam), four were seeking but unemployed (one of whom was studying for the bar exam) and one was unknown.

Five 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 twenty graduates in order to enable  them to gain work experience with organizations and in fields that will further  their career goals.  Of the twenty  graduates from the class of 2012 who took advantage of this opportunity, twelve  were employed in short-term positions funded solely by the grant, four utilized  the grant in conjunction with other employment, and four secured full-time  employment prior to February 15, 2013.  Eleven  of the thirteen participants last year gained full-time employment following  the completion of the grant.  Graduates  receiving grants were located in six different states (OH, NY, TX, SC, IL, and  CA) 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 2012 by sector:

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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
22
10.9
Kayne Law Group; Farlow & Associates, LLC Berman  & Asbel, LLP (FL); Peter Eikenberry, Attorney at Law (NY)
11-25
7
3.5
Pepple  & Waggoner, Ltd.; Thomas & Company, L.P.A. Bunger  & Roberston (IN)
26-50
8
4.0
Fay  Sharpe; Day Ketterer
51-100
6
3.0
Frantz  Ward LLP; Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter FirstLaw  P.C. (Seoul, Korea); Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd. (IL)
101-250
10
5.0
Bricker  & Eckler, LLP; Ulmer & Berne, LLP Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLLC (WV); Flaherty, Sensabaugh & Bonasso (WV)
251-500
8
4.0
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease Cahill Gordon & Reindel (NY)
500+
7
3.5
Baker & Hostetler, LLP; Jones Day Sullivan  & Cromwell, LLP (NY)
Solo Practice
2
1.0
Godinsky  Law LLC
Size Unknown
0
0
Total 70 34.9
Business
23
11.4
Nations  Lending Corporation; Procter & Gamble Co. SRA  International Inc. (D.C.); Shusaku Yamamoto (Toyko, Japan)
Government
24
11.9
Ohio  Attorney General; Ohio Legislative Service Commission U.S.  Department of Justice (D.C.); Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (D.C.)
Judicial Clerkship
10
5.0
Ohio Tenth District Court of       Appeals; Fairfield Court of  Common Pleas The West Virginia Supreme Court (WV); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (KY)
Public Interest
6
3.0
Ohio  Public Defender; Ohio Council 8, AFSCME, AFL-CIO Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NY); Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles (CA)

Full-Time, J.D. Advantage

Sector Number Reported Percent Employed Examples of Ohio Employers Examples of Non-Ohio Employers
Business
15
7.4
Deloitte;  Western Reserve Partners LLC DC  London, Inc. (AZ); Gallup (IL)
Government
9
4.5
Office  of Budget and Management for State of Ohio; Legislative Service Commission U.S.  Department of Labor (D.C.); NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MD)
Academic
1
0.5
Kirwan  Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity
Public Interest
2
1.0
Ohio  PIRG Unite  Here Local 11 (CA)

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:

    • Practicing Law in a Small Firm – A panel of attorneys practicing in firms with between one to 20 attorneys discussed the various features of their careers, including work content, office organization and life-style.
    • 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.
    • Health Law Career Panel - Legal professionals spoke about various careers in health law.
    • 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 2012 found employment throughout the United States, with four graduates accepting employment overseas. As a member of the National Law School Consortium (NLSC), an association of eight 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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Salary Information

Salary data is self-reported by graduates, and 54.5% of the employed 2012 graduates reported their starting salaries which ranged from $55,000 in the 25th percentile to $91,250 in the 75th percentile, with a median salary of $67,500. Reported starting salaries vary widely within the private and public sectors.

Sector Number Reported Number Reported w/ Salary 25% Median 75%
Law Firm
78
52
$66,250
$92,500
$113,750
Business
48
23
$65,000
$70,000
$75,000
Government
41
22
$47,000
$55,000
$62,125
Academic
7
0
n/a*
n/a
n/a
Judicial Clerkship
10
8
$50,000
$57,000
$57,852
Public Interest
18
5
$35,419
$50,003
$59,600
Law Firm Size Number Reported Number Reported w/Salary 25% Median 75%
2-10
27
12
$43,200
$52,500
$68,500
11-25
10
5
53,750
$70,000
87,500
26-50
8
6
$64,375
$90,000
$91,250
51-100
6
6
$93,750
$105,000
$138,750
101-250
10
10
$76,000
$100,000
$106,250
251-500
8
6
$93,750
$110,000
$130,000
500+
7
7
$145,000
$145,000
$145,000
Solo Practice
2
0
n/a
n/a
n/a
Size Unknown
0
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
68
33.7%
Job Posting at Moritz
46
22.8%
On-Campus Interview
24
11.9%
Referral
21
10.4%
Non-Moritz Job Posting
18
8.9%
Job Fair
3
1.5%
Pre-Law School Employer
8
4.0%
Started Own Business/Practice
4
2.0%
Temporary Agency
3
1.5%
Other
7
3.5%

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.
    • How to Make a Good Impression When Opportunity Knocks – A panel of recent graduates shared tips on how to handle networking situations.
    • 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.
  • Jump Start Week
    • What I Did Last Summer – A panel of students discussed their diverse summer experiences and how they found these opportunities.
    • Resumes and Cover Letters That Get Results
    • Interview Demonstration
  • 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.
  • Developing Your Individual Job Search - Information session on ways to reset job search criteria to expand opportunities and research potential employers.
  • 1L Career Planning:  Different Paths, Different Timelines - Provided 1Ls details on how to prepare for opportunities this summer, next school year and next summer.
  • 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.

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

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.

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