Employment Data

Class of 2016

View Class of 2016 data in the ABA Employment Summary for Law School Graduates
View Class of 2016 data in the Class of 2016 NALP Summary Report

Placement Rates:

  At Graduation On March 15, 2017
Graduates whose employment status is known  166 164
Graduates known to be employed  123 152*
Graduates with start date deferred  0 0
Graduates who are enrolled in a full-time degree program  2 2
Graduates who are unemployed and seeking work  40 8
Graduates who are unemployed and not seeking work  1 2
Graduates whose employment status is unknown  0 2
Total graduates from 9/1/2015 – 8/31/2016  166 166

*As of March 15, 2017, 146 of these positions were classified as long-term, and 4 were funded in some manner by the University of Illinois.

Type of Job:

  On March 15, 2017
Bar Admission Required/Anticipated (includes Judicial clerks) 132
JD Preferred (law degree enhances position, e.g. accounting firm, management consulting firm, law school, or law firm administration) 20
Professional Other 0
Non-Professional Other 0

As of March 15, 2017. 149 of these positions were reported to the College of Law as full-time, and 3 as part-time.

Areas of Legal Practice:

Area Number
Law Firm  
Solo 1
2-10 16
11-25 14
26-50 9
51-100 5
101-250 12
251-500 10
501+ 34
Unknown Size 0
Business & Industry 17
Government 16
Public Interest 3
Judicial Clerkships/Federal 5
Judicial Clerkships/State & Local 4
Education 6

As of March 15, 2017. Areas of Legal Practice as defined by the American Bar Association.

Employment Location:

Location Number
Illinois  109
California  7
Missouri  6
Indiana 5
District of Columbia 3
Michigan 3
Wisconsin 3
Florida 2
New York 2
Texas 2
Washington 2
Hawaii 1
Minnesota 1
Mississippi 1
Ohio 1
International 4

Per NALP guidelines. As of March 15, 2017.

Salary Data:

  • Median starting salary for all 2016 graduates employed full time in the private sector: $88,750
  • 75th percentile salary for 2016 graduates employed full time in the private sector: $180,000
  • 25th percentile salary for 2016 graduates employed full time in the private sector: $62,000
  • Median starting salary for all 2016 graduates employed full time in public service employment – including any branch of government, judicial clerkships, academic posts, or any position with a non-profit advocacy or cause-oriented organization: $52,000

As of March 15, 2017. 93% of 2016 graduates known to be employed in the private sector reported salary data.