NALP Employment Report – Class of 2012

Note: Categories with no graduates are not shown. A minimum of five salaries is required for each salary analysis. Employment by sector does not include graduates for whom employer type was not reported.

Class of 2012 – Total reported = 139
Number reported % of reported
# with salary 25th percentile Median 75th percentile Mean
Employment status known
Bar passage required 86 61.9 52 41,800 50,000 55,000 50,829
JD advantage 14 10.1 7 49,000 65,000 72,500 60,786
Professional position
8 5.8 5 30,000 40,800 45,000 44,640
Nonprofessional position
1 0.7
Pursuing degree FT 4 2.9
Start date after 2/15/13 2 1.4
Not employed – seeking 20 14.4
Not employed – not seeking 4 2.9
Subtotal 139 100
Total employed or degree
Pursuing degree FT 4 2.9
Employed 109 78.4 65 41,600 50,000 57,500 50,979
Subtotal 113 81.3
Employment by sector
Private sector 74 67.9 39 40,000 46,800  70,000  52,092
Public sector 35 32.1 26 43,000 50,000 53,000 48,310
Subtotal 109 100
FT/PT jobs
Bar passage required – FT 84 77.1 52 41,800 50,000 55,000 50,829
Bar passage required – PT 2 1.8
JD advantage – FT
11 10.1 7 49,000 65,000 72,500 60,786
JD advantage – PT 3 2.8
Other professional – FT 8 7.3 5 30,000 40,800 45,000 44,640
Other professional – PT 1 0.9
Subtotal 109 100
Employment categories
Academic 7 6.4
Business 15 13.8 9 49,000 70,000 75,000 63,211
Judicial clerk
8 7.3 7 43,000 43,000 57,500 49,977
Private practice 59 54.1 30 40,000  43,500  55,000 48,756
Government 12 11.0 11 48,000 52,000 55,000 51,039
Public interest 8 7.3 5 50,000  50,000  52,000 51,000
Subtotal 109 100
Academic jobs
JD advantage 5 71.4
Other professional 2 28.6
Subtotal 7 100
Business jobs
Bar passage required 6 40.0
JD advantage 5 33.3
Other professional 4 26.7
Subtotal 15 100
Private practice jobs
Bar passage required 59 100 30 40,000 43,500 55,000 48,756
Subtotal 59 100
Government jobs
Bar passage required 9 75 9 51,112 52,000 53,000 51,400
JD advantage 1 8.3
Other professional 1 8.3
Non-professional 1 8.3
Subtotal 12 100
Public interest jobs
Bar passage required 4 50.0
JD advantage
3 37.5
Other professional 1 12.5
Subtotal 8 100
Size of firm
2-10 33 55.9 20 40,000 42,000 50,000 44,954
11-25 6 10.2
26-50 3 5.1
51-100 5 8.5
Solo 12 20.3
Subtotal 59 100
Type of law firm job
Attorney 57 96.6 29 40,000 45,000 55,000 49,003
Law clerk 2 3.4
Subtotal 59 100
Jobs taken by region
New England 1 0.9
Mid-Atlantic 2 1.8
W North Central 2 1.8
South Atlantic 4 3.7
E South Central 3 2.8
W South Central 96 88.1 56 41,800 48,500 55,000 49,844
Foreign 1 0.9
Subtotal 109 100
Location of jobs
In state 92 84.4 54 42,000 49,500 55,000 50,245
Out of state 17 15.6 11 38,000 50,000 77,000 54,582
Subtotal 109 100
Number of states and territories with employed grads
11
Total 11
Number reported % of reported
Source of job
Fall OCI 3 2.8
Job posting in CSO 17 15.7
Job posted online or in print 5 4.6
Return to prior job 9 8.3
Referral 17 15.7
Start own practice 14 13.0
Self-initiated/letter 33 30.6
Spring OCI 4 3.7
Other 6 5.6
Subtotal 108 100
Timing of job offer
After bar results 54 49.5
Before graduation 37 33.9
Before bar results 18 16.5
Subtotal 109 100
Search status of employed grads
Seeking a different job 16 14.7
Not seeking a different job 93 85.3
Subtotal 109 100
Duration of jobs
Jobs lasting a year or more Number of short-term jobs
Total number Number of indefinite duration Number of fixed duration
Academic 4 3 1 3
Business 15 13 1
Judicial clerk 7 3 4 1
Private practice 59 58
Government 12 12
Public interest 8 7 1
Total reported 105 96 7 4
Note: Figures for job durations are based on jobs for which the item was reported and thus may not add to the total number of jobs. The count of jobs funded by the law school is a total, regardless of duration.
Source of job by employer type
Number reported % of reported
Number reported % of reported Number reported % of reported Number reported
% of reported
Source of job by employer type Academic Business Judicial clerkship Law firms of 50 or fewer
Fall OCI 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1.9
Job listing
0 0 2 13.3 1 12.5 11 20.8
Pre-law school employer
1 14.3 3 20.0 0 0 2 3.8
Referral from friend 0 0 3 20.0 2 25.0 7 13.2
Letter/self-initiated 5 71.4 3 20.0 4 50.0 14 26.4
All other 1 14.3 4 26.7 1 12.5 18 34.0
Total 7 100 15 100 8 100 53 100
Number reported % of reported
Number reported % of reported Number reported % of reported Number reported
% of reported
Source of job by employer type Law firms of 51 or more
Government Public interest All employer types*
Fall OCI 1 20.0 0 0 1 12.5 3 2.8
Job listing
1 20.0 1 8.3 1 12.5 17 15.7
Pre-law school employer
0 0 1 8.3 2 25.0 9 8.3
Referral from friend 0 0 3 25.0 2 25.0 17 15.7
Letter/self-initiated 0 0 5 41.7 2 25.0 33 30.6
All other 3 60.0 2 16.7 0 0 29 26.9
Total 5 100 12 100 8 100 108 100
 * Excludes jobs for which a source, employer type, or firm size was not reported. “Other” also includes job fairs, spring OCI, non-CSO job sites and postings, and the self-employed.
Number of jobs reported taken by state
Region State # of jobs % of jobs
New England New Hampshire 1 0.9
1 0.9
Mid Atlantic New York 1 0.9
Pennsylvania 1 0.9
2 1.8
W. North Central Missouri 2 1.8
2 1.8
South Atlantic Delaware 1 0.9
Washington, DC 2 1.8
Georgia 1 0.9
4 3.7
E. South Central Tennessee 3 2.8
3 2.8
W. South Central Arkansas 92 84.4
Oklahoma 1 0.9
Texas 3 2.8
96 88.1
Non US locations Non US locations 1 0.9
Total 109 100
Note: Excludes employed graduates for whom job location was not reported.
Location of in-state jobs
# of jobs % of jobs
Bentonville 1 1.1
Conway 2 2.2
Fayetteville 1 1.1
Fort Smith 1 1.1
Little Rock 60 65.2
Other/unknown Arkansas 27 29.3
92 100
Full and part-time jobs by employer type
 Employer type Full-time
Part-time All
Number reported % of reported Number reported % of reported Number reported % of reported
Academic 4 57.1 3 42.9 7 100
Business 15 100 0 0 15 100
Judicial clerkship 7 87.5 1 12.5 8 100
Law firms 58 98.3 1 1.7 59 100
Government 12 100 0 0 12 100
Public interest 8 100 0 0 8 100