Employment Statistics for Class of 2016

Santa Clara University School of Law provides detailed information regarding the employment outcomes of its recent graduating classes.  It is beneficial for prospective and current students to review this information to see how Santa Clara Law graduates have performed in the job market, consider the economic forces affecting the delivery of legal services, and to determine how this information will affect the manner in which you approach your job search.

Santa Clara Law is committed to helping each student and graduate achieve his or her objectives, so if you do not find the information you are seeking, please feel free to speak with the Office of Career Management, Student Services, any dean, faculty or staff member.

We collect employment information from our most recent graduating class annually, following guidelines established by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP).

Santa Clara Law reports de-identified employment data about its about its graduates to multiple legal industry organizations, including the ABA and NALP. Each organization collects different types of information and uses different categories and definitions. These differences cause the statistics in each report to vary slightly. The data reported to ABA and NALP is later used by US News & World Report.

Below, please find both the ABA and NALP reports for the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016:

ABA Employment Summary Report for the Class of 2016

NALP 2016 Employment Report

EMPLOYMENT STATUS FOR PRIOR CLASSES
You can find information on the employment outcomes for the classes of 2014 and 2015 below.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS FOR THE CLASS OF 2016

215 Total Class Size

 

Percent

Percent employed

77.67%

Percent seeking work

18.60%

Percent not seeking work

2.33%

Percent start date deferred

.93%

Percent in a full-time degree program

.47%

Percent unknown status

0%

The employment outcomes for the Class of 2016 are published in accordance with the ABA Standard 509. The ABA Report for the Class of 2016 follows directly below.

CLASS OF 2016 EMPLOYMENT REPORT AT 10 MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION

Employment Status Full Time Long Term Full Time Short Term Part Time Long Term Part Time Short Term Number
Employed – Bar Passage Required 102 3 1 2 108
Employed – JD Advantage 30 8 3 2 43
Employed – Professional Position 4 2 1 0 7
Employed – Non-Professional Position 0 0 1 1 2
Employed – Undeterminable 0 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full-Time   1
Unemployed – Start Date Deferred 2
Unemployed – Not Seeking 5
Unemployed – Seeking 40
Employment Status Unknown 0

Total graduates

215

Law School/University Funded Position Full Time Long Term Full Time Short Term Part Time Long Term Part Time Short Term Number
Employed – Bar Passage Required 0 1 0 0 1
Employed – J.D. Advantage 0 0 0 6 6
Employed – Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Employed – Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Total Employed by Law School/University 0 1 0 6 7
Employment Type Full Time Long Term Full Time Short Term Part Time Long Term Part Time Short Term Number
Law Firms  
  Solo 2 1 0 0 3
  2-10 16 0 0 1 17
  11-25 7 0 0 0 7
  26-50 2 0 0 0 2
  51-100 2 0 0 0 2
  101-250 0 0 0 0 0
  251-500 2 0 0 0 2
  501+ 22 0 0 0 22
  Unknown Size 31 4 2 3 40
Business & Industry 28 5 2 1 36
Government 12 3 1 0 16
Public Interest 8 0 0 0 8
Clerkships Federal 0 0 0 0 0
Clerkships State & Local 1 0 0 0 1
Clerkships Other 0 0 0 0 0
Education 3 1 1 6 11
Employer Type Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
  Total 136 14 6 11 167
Employment Location  State Number
State – largest employment California 148
State – 2nd largest employment Montana 2
State – 3rd largest employment Nevada 2
Employed in foreign countries   0

EMPLOYMENT CHARTS FOR 2016 SANTA CLARA LAW GRADUATES

Below we have included several charts that reflect the breakdown of the Class of 2016 in terms of employment sectors, geographical settings, salary, and other job-related terms, such as whether the graduate’s job is full-time or part-time.

Employed graduates are those working in positions for which they receive remuneration for work performed.  To be considered employed for purposes of these statistics, a graduate must be performing the duties of the position as of March 15, 2017.  We encourage you to learn more about employment data by reviewing the ABA Employment Placement Questionnaire Definitions and Instructions and the NALP 2016 Graduate Survey and FAQs.

Please note that the employment information presented is self-reported by graduates to Santa Clara Law Office of Career Management. We cannot be certain that the resulting data is factually accurate, or that it has not changed since we collected and published it. The changing economic climate with respect to legal services in combination with the self-reported nature of the employment information means that you should not assume that your employment prospects are guaranteed to be consistent with the findings presented here.

Employment Sectors for 2016 Santa Clara Law Graduates

Graduates of the Class of 2016 are employed in a variety of sectors. Among the 167 graduates who were employed ten months following graduation, 100% of these described the type of employment sector in which they work. The following chart represents the percentage of employed 2016 graduates employed in each sector.

167 Total Graduates Employed

 

Percent

Law Firms

56.89%

Business/Industry

21.56%

Government

10.18%

Public Interest

4.79%

Judicial Clerkship

0%

Education

6.59%

Employer Type Unknown

0%

Geographical Regions Where 2016 Santa Clara Law Graduates are Employed

Santa Clara Law graduates work in a variety of geographical areas, with the majority employed in the Pacific region. Among the 167 graduates who were employed ten months following graduation, 167 of them reported the geographical region in which they work.

167 Total Graduates Who Reported Geographical Location

 

Number of Graduates

Northern California

 

Santa Clara County

79

San Francisco County

16

San Mateo County

18

Alameda County

16

Contra Costa County

1

Sacramento County

1

Monterey County

1

Southern California

 

Los Angeles County

10

Orange County

1

San Diego County

2

San Bernardino County

1

Riverside County

1

Ventura County

1

Santa Barbara County

1

Other California Counties

 

Humboldt County

1

Solano County

1

Merced County

1

San Joaquin County

2

Other States

 

Arizona

1

District of Columbia

1

Georgia

1

Illinois

1

Indiana

1

Montana

2

Nevada

2

New York

2

Washington

2

International

0

Total

167

Salary Information for 2016 Santa Clara Law Graduates by Type of Employer

Among the Santa Clara Law graduates who were employed ten months following graduation, 96 of them shared their salary information. Please keep in mind that these salary data with respect to Santa Clara Law graduates are self-reported and have not been independently verified.

Those categories with fewer than 5 salaries are not reported according to the NALP Best Practices which states that, “if there are fewer than 5 reported salaries for any employment category, schools are urged not to report any salary statistics in that category in order to protect graduates’ privacy.”

96 Total Graduates Who Shared Their Salary Information

Type of Employer

Number of grads who provided salary

Percent of reported salary

25th percentile

Median

75th Percentile

Mean

Law Firms

60

56.89%

$62,400

$90,000

$160,000

$102,993

Government

10

10.18%

$59,600

$74,000

$104,250

$78,527

Public Interest

5

4.79%

$50,000

$52,000

$56,150

$52,860

Business/Industry

19

21.56%

$75,000

$90,000

$115,000

$96,368

Judicial Clerkship

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Academic

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Military

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Education

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Law Firm Size and Law Firm Salary Information for 2016 Santa Clara Law Graduates

Law firm size and geographical location play a significant role in determining compensation. Aggregate information is available on the NALP website.  56.89% of our employed 2016 graduates are working in law firms. Of the graduates who were employed by law firms ten months after graduation and whose law firm size has been identified (55), 42 of those shared their salary information.

Again, the NALP Best Practices Guide dictates that categories with fewer than 5 reported salaries should not be reported in order to protect graduates’ privacy.

55 Graduates Whose Firm Size has Been Identified

42 Graduates Reported Salary Information

Law firm size

Number of grads who provided salary

Percent of reported salary

25th percentile

Median

75th Percentile

Mean

2-10 Attorneys

12

30.91%

$50,500

$63,700

$75,000

$68,733

11-25 Attorneys

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

26-50 Attorneys

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

51-100 Attorneys

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

101-250 Attorneys

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

251-500 Attorneys

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

501+ Attorneys

21

40%

$160,000

$160,000

$160,000

$152,619

Solo Practice

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

Fewer than 5 salaries

For comparative information on salaries please refer to the Salaries and Compensation page on the NALP website.

2016 Santa Clara Law Graduates in Government, Business/Industry and Public Interest

Additional details about the type of work that graduates are performing in their respective employment settings can be helpful. The following charts further classify non-law firm jobs in the areas of government, business, and public interest.

17 Graduates Reported Working in the Government Sector

 

Percent

Federal

17.65%

State

0%

Local

82.35%

Military

0%

36 Graduates Reported Working in the Business Sector

 

Percent

Accounting

8.33%

Legal temporary agency

8.33%

Banking/Finance

8.33%

Insurance

2.78%

Entertainment/Sports Management

11.11%

Management Consulting

0%

Publishing

0%

Trade Association or political campaign

0%

Other business

8.33%

Legal process outsourcer

0%

Legal/law-related technology company

5.56%

Other technology/e-commerce company

41.67%

Healthcare

5.56%

8 Graduates Reported Working in the Public Sector

 

Percent

Civil legal services

50%

Other

50%

Other Employment Information for 2016 Santa Clara Law Graduates

Additional details about the employment of recent graduates, including how they found their jobs, can be helpful to understand. The following chart illustrates how graduates from the Class of 2016 found employment.

72 Graduates Reported How They Found Their Jobs

 

Percent

Fall OCI

23.61%

Job fair/consortia

4.17%

Career Services job posting

15.28%

Job posted online or in print

1.39%

Return to prior job

8.33%

Referral from colleague/friend

29.17%

Started own practice/business

0%

Networking

11.11%

Spring OCI

1.39%

Other posting

4.17%

Placement agency/Search firm

1.39%

NATIONWIDE EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR LAW GRADUATES

NALP provides nationally-based, aggregate information about law graduate employment.  We have included direct links to NALP data so that you can understand the national legal market and put the Santa Clara Law employment data into context.