Employment Statistics 2019

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 2019 as of April 30, 2020

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.  This year the date was pushed to April. For the class of 2019, Moritz was able to report employment information for 98.2% of the class.

General Summary

Total number of graduates: 168
Total number reported: 165

Number Percent of Total Known Seeking Percent of Total in Class
Employed Full-Time 150 90.9% 89.3%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 0.6% 0.6%
Employed Part-Time 8 4.8% 4.8%
Employed-Start Date Deferred 1 0.6% 0.6%
Unemployed, Seeking Employment 5 3.0% 3.0%
TOTAL 165 100% 98.2%

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 2019 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 134 84.8% 79.8% 134 0 0 0
J.D. Advantage 19 12.0% 11.3% 13 0 2 4
Other Professional 4 2.5% 2.4% 2 1 1 0
Non-Professional 1 0.6% 0.6% 0 0 1 0
Total Bar Required/J.D. Advantage/Other Professional/Non-Professional 158 100% 94.0% 149 1 4 4

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 Finn Fellowship in International Law.  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.  Four graduates were so employed at the time of this report.  All were conducting research for faculty.

Class of 2019 by Sector

sector

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

number of attorneys

Full-Time, Bar Passage Required Positions

Sector Number Reported Percent Employed Examples of Ohio Employers Examples of Non-Ohio Employers
Law Firm (size)
1-10
9
5.7
McGown & Markling, Co., LPA; Thiesen Brock LPA Long Law Offices (WV); Sedham Law Group (NY)
11-25
6
3.8
Kayne Law Group; Scott Scriven LLP Malaby & Bradley LLC (NY); Schneider Buchel LLP (NY)
26-50
10
6.3
Freund Freeze & Arnold; Shapiro, Van Ess, Phillips & Barragate Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham LLP (CA); Mounce Green Myers Safi Paxton Galatzen (TX)
51-100
7
4.4
Graydon Head; Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., LPA Bailey & Glasser (D.C.); Leydig, Voit & Mayer (IL)
101-250
9
5.7
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP; Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox (D.C.)
251-500
9
5.7
Thompson Hine; Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLC
501+
21
13.3
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; Jones Day Cadwalder, Wickersham & Taft (NY); Shearman & Sterling (NY)
Total 71 44.9
Business
21
13.3
AEP Services Corporation; Schottenstein Stores Corporation Ernst & Young (Canada); LG Electronics, Inc. (NJ)
Government
16
10.1
Marion County Prosecutor’s Office; Ohio Attorney General U.S. Department of Army (D.C.); U.S. Air Force (AK)
Judicial Clerkship
14
8.9
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court – Southern District of Ohio DOJ- Executive Office of Immigration Review, Office of Chief Immigration Judge (TX); U.S. District Court- Eastern District of Virginia
Public Interest
10
6.3
Disability Rights Ohio; Legal Aid Society of Columbus Kanawha County Public Defender (WV); Wisconsin Public Defender
Education
1
0.6
Columbus State Community College

Full-Time, J.D. Advantage

Sector Number Reported Percent Employed Examples of Ohio Employers
Examples of Non-Ohio Employers
Law Firm 1 0.6
ML and Chen, PC (NY)
Business 7 4.4 Anthem; OhioHealth
MGI Tech Co. (China); NCAA (IN)
Government 4 2.5 Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation; Ohio Legislative Service Commission
California Coastal Commission; Office of Inspector General, Defense Intelligence Agency (D.C.)
Public Interest 1 0.6
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (UK)
Education 1 0.6
University of Chicago Harns School of Public Policy (IL)
Every year, the Moritz Career Development 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:
    • 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 2019 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.

geo

Other locations include: AK, CA, CO, FL, IN, MI, NJ, PA, TX, UT, VA, WI, Canada, China, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Salary Information

Salary data is self-reported by graduates, and 87.3% of the employed 2019 graduates reported their starting salaries which ranged from $59,079 in the 25th percentile to $115,000 in the 75th percentile, with a median salary of $72,250. Reported starting salaries vary widely within the private and public sectors.

Sector Number Reported Number Reported w/ Salary 25% Median 75%
Law Firm
72
64
$90,000
$115,000
$155,000
Business
34
29
$50,380
$70,000
$76,750
Government
17
16
$50,000
$55,508
$66,329
Education
6
2
n/a
n/a
n/a
Judicial Clerkship
14
12
$56,378
$62,500
$67,202
Public Interest
11
11
$47,000
$55,000
$65,000
Military JAG
4
4
n/a
$68,000
n/a
Law Firm Size Number Reported Number Reported w/Salary 25% Median 75%
1-10
10
5
$47,680
$65,000
$70,000
11-25
6
5
$57,500
$65,000
$76,000
26-50
10
9
$70,000
$90,000
$112,500
51-100
7
7
$90,000
$100,000
$110,000
101-250
9
9
$110,000
$125,000
$135,000
251-500
9
9
$117,500
$125,000
$130,000
501+
21
20
$136,250
$170,000
$190,000

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
On-Campus Interview
41
27.7%
Job Posting at Moritz
32
21.6%
Networking/Target Mail
22
14.9%
Referral
17
11.5%
Job Fair
4
2.7%
Non-Moritz Job Posting
11
7.4%
Pre-Law School Employer
4
2.7%
Used School’s Judicial Clerkship Process or OSCAR
3
2.0%
Used Temporary Placement Agency or Legal Search Consultant
2
1.4%
Other
12
8.1%

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:

  • Career Development Programs
    • Informational Interview Skills – Students learned how to prepare for and conduct informational meetings with prospective employers.
    • Networking Strategies – The session provided strategies for finding networking opportunities and addressed how to succeed in purposeful engagement.
    • Interview Demonstration – A local practitioner and a 2L discussed how to prepare for an interview and performed a 30-minute mock interview.
    • Understanding the Legal Market – Various legal settings and law related career opportunities were discussed.
    • Professional Communication Etiquette – A local attorney discussed verbal and written communication skills and effective social media presence.
    • Career Advisor Meetings – Career advisors held group sessions with their students to discuss how to draft successful resumes and cover letters and strategies for the summer job search.
  • Etiquette Dinner – During a four-course dinner, Terri Thompson, renowned speaker, author and entrepreneur specializing in helping individuals succeed, reviewed table etiquette and provided tips on appropriate topics for conversation and on “working a crowd” at business receptions.
  • 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.
  • Why Clerk? – A panel of current federal and state judicial clerks discussed their varied experiences.
  • 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.

Information above is based on graduate employment statistics reported to NALP, and there are slight discrepancies based on job categories defined by NALP and the ABA.

Employers of 2019 Graduates

Private Sector
AEP Service Corporation, Columbus, OH Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, IL
Abercrombie & Fitch, New Albany, OH Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co. LPA, Canton, OH
Alliance Data Systems, Columbus, OH L Brands, Columbus, OH
Anthem, Columbus, OH Law Offices of Sabrina Li, Alhambra, CA
Ascena Retail Group, Columbus, OH Leydig, Chicago, IL
Arnold, Todaro & Welch, Columbus, OH LG Electronics, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ
BGI, Shenzhen, China Long Law Offices, Scott Depot, WV
Bailey Cavalieri, Columbus, OH Mac Murray & Shuster LLP, New Albany, OH
Bailey & Glasser LLP, Washington, D.C. Malaby Bradley, New York, NY
BakerHostetler, Cleveland, OH Marshall & Foreman, LLC, Columbus, OH
Baum Law Office, Lancaster, OH McGown & Markling, Akron, OH
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Cleveland, OH ML & Chen, P.C., Queens, NY
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, Columbus, OH Morrison Foerster, Tokyo, Japan
Blisa Construction, LLC, Sterling Heights, MI Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan, El Paso, TX
Brennan Manna & Diamond LLC, Columbus, OH NCAA, Indianapolis, IN
Brouse McDowell, Cleveland, OH Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, OH
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, London, England Nelson Mullins, Huntington, WV
CLH and Associates, Columbus, OH Nordstrom, Columbus, OH
Cadence Counsel, Inc., Columbus, OH OhioHealth Corporation, Columbus, OH
Cadwalader, New York, NY Porter Wright, Columbus, OH
Calfee, Halter & Griswold, Cleveland, OH Reminger Co. LPA, Cleveland, OH
Carlile Patchen & Murphy, Columbus, OH Ritter, Robinson, McCready & James, Ltd., Toledo, OH
Dickinson Wright LLC, Columbus, OH Robert Half, Columbus, OH
Dinsmore & Shohl, Columbus, OH SB Nation, Columbus, OH
DSW, Columbus, OH Schneider Buchel LLC, Garden City, NY
Eighth District Court of Appeals for Ohio, Cleveland, OH Schottenstein Stores Corporation, Columbus, OH
Epiq, Verona, WI Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP, Cincinnati, OH
Ernst & Young, Toronto, ON Sebaly Shillito & Dyer, Dayton, OH
Fidelity National Title, Jacksonville, FL Sedham Law Group, New York, NY
Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff, New York, NY Shafley Plan Management Services, Columbus, OH
Freund Freeze Arnold, Columbus, OH Shapiro, Van Ess, Phillips & Barragate, Cleveland, OH
Frost Brown Todd LLC, Cincinnati, OH Shearman & Sterling, New York, NY
Frost Brown Todd LLC, Columbus, OH Sherwin-Williams Company, Cleveland, OH
Graydon, Cincinnati, OH Squire Patton Boggs, Columbus, OH
Hickman, Palermo, Becker, Bingham, LLP, San Jose, CA Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, Washington, D.C.
Honda North America, Marysville, OH Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, Cleveland, OH
Ice Miller LLP, Columbus, OH The Fitch Law Firm, Columbus, OH
Isaac Wiles, Columbus, OH Theisen & Brock, Marietta, OH
Jones Day, Chicago, IL Thompson Hine, Cleveland, OH
Jones Day, Columbus, OH Thompson Hine, Dayton, OH
Jones Day,  New York, NY Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, OH
Joseph D. Carney & Associates, Cleveland, OH UnitedLex, Columbus, OH
JP Morgan Chase, Columbus, OH University of Utah Medical Group, Salt Lake City, UT
K&L Gates, Pittsburgh, PA Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, Columbus, OH
Kaman & Cusimano, Columbus, OH WilmerHale, Dayton, OH
Kayne Law Group, Columbus, OH Ying Cao Law, Short Hills, NJ
Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, Columbus, OH Zashin & Rich Co., LPA, Columbus, OH
Key Bank, Cleveland, OH Zhong Lun Firm, Shenzhen, China

 

Public Sector
Beaver County Court of Common Pleas, Beaver, PA Office of Inspector General, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C.
Coastal Commission, San Francisco, CA ONE Cannabis, Denver, CO
Columbus City Attorney, Columbus, OH Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, Columbus, OH
Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, Columbus, OH
Community Legal Aid Services, Akron, OH The Ohio State University, Office of Compliance and Integrity, Columbus, OH
Cuyahoga County Public Defender, Cleveland, OH Union County Prosecutor, Marysville, OH
Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, Delaware, OH United States Air Force
Disability Rights Ohio, Columbus, OH United States Army JAG Corps
Franklin County Prosecutor, Columbus, OH United States Bankruptcy Court for Northern District of California, San Jose, CA
Greif Fellowship in Juvenile Human Trafficking, Columbus, OH United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, Cincinnati, OH
Hays County District Attorney, San Marco, TX United States Department of Justice, Executive of Immigration Review, El Paso, TX
Kanawha County Public Defender, Charleston, WV United States Department of Justice, Office of Chief Immigration Judge, Cleveland, OH
Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Columbus, OH United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, Washington, D.C.
Legislative Services Commission, Columbus, OH United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.
Licking County Common Pleas Court, Newark, OH United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk, VA
Marion County Prosecutor, Marion, OH United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Cleveland, OH
Ohio Attorney General, Columbus, OH United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Columbus, OH
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Columbus, OH United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston, WV
Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, OH University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, Chicago, IL
Ohio State Senator William Coley, II, Columbus, OH Wisconsin Public Defender, Fond Du Lac, WI

Click here to see employers of the classes of 2013-2018.

Additional Information on Our Employment Data

Class of 2019 ABA Report

Employment Statistics for the Class of 2018

Employment Statistics for the Class of 2017

Employment Statistics for the Class of 2016