ABA Employment Summary - Class of 2013 (as of March 14, 2014) <pdf>

 

ABA Employment Summary - Class of 2012 <pdf>

 

NALP Summary Report for the Class of 2012 <pdf>

 

Class of 2012 – Salary information

Total reported employed 118
Number of Salaries Reported 55
25th Percentile $41,148
Median $48,000
75th Percentile $57,750
 
Public Interest (20 of 50 reported; 14% of entire class)
25th Percentile $40,000
Median $48,000
75th Percentile $50,000
 
Government (10 of 11 reported; 7% of entire class)
25th Percentile $50,000
Median $52,500
75th Percentile $56,500
 
Judicial Clerkship (9 of 9 reported; 6.3% of entire class)
25th Percentile $41,148
Median $45,192
75th Percentile $72,000
 
Private Practice (10 of 35 reported; 7% of entire class)
25th Percentile $33,000
Median $42,000
75th Percentile $52,000
 
Business and Industry (4 of 9 reported; 2.8% of entire class)
25th Percentile less than 5 reported
Median $60,500
75th Percentile less than 5 reported

 

 

Employment Data for the J.D. Class of 2011
(as of 9 months after graduation)

CUNY Law graduates continue to lead in public sector employment. Among those employed in the Class of 2011, 53% were in public sector employment, which is comprised of government, nonprofit, and judicial clerkships. Among these employers are: The Legal Aid Society (Criminal Defense Practice), Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defenders as well as the federal and state courts.

Professional Area % Employed
Public Interest Organizations
(includes 14 law-school funded positions*)
40.96%
Government Agencies 4.81%
Judicial clerkships 7.23%
Academic 4.81%
Private Practice 25.3%
Business and Industry 15.66%
Employer Type Unknown 1.2%

* Among these employed with public interest organizations are 14 graduates serving as "Justice Fellows," in an innovative access to justice project called Launchpad. Through Launchpad, these fellows provide legal assistance to pro se clients in Civil Court. For more on Launchpad which is run by CUNY Law’s Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) in partnership with the New York State Courts, click here <pdf>.

 

ABA summary report on the Class of 2011 <pdf>

List of Employers who hired CUNY Law graduates from the class of 2011 <pdf>

 
Employment Status # of Graduates % of Graduates
Known 107 96%
Unknown 4 3.6%
Employed 83 75%
Pursuing Graduate Degrees 0 0%
Unemployed (seeking, not seeking, or studying for the bar) 24 21.6%

 

Employment Locations % of Graduates
State of largest number of employment - New York 76%
State of 2nd largest employment - District of Columbia 6%
State of 3rd largest employment - New Jersey 4%

 

 

Employment Data for the J.D. Class of 2010
(as of 9 months after graduation)



Employment Status # of Graduates % of Graduates
Known 125 99%
Unknown 1 1%
Employed 102 81%
Pursuing Graduate Degrees 1 1%
Unemployed (seeking, not seeking, or studying for the bar) 22 18%


Professional Area % Employed
Public Interest Organizations 41%
Government Agencies 9.89%
Judicial clerkships 10.789%
Academic 5.889%
Private Practice 22.55%
Business or In-house Legal Dept 9.89%


Employment Locations % of Graduates
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0%
Middle Atlantic States (NY, NJ, PA) 84%
East North Central States (KY, AL, MS, TN) 1%
West North Central States (IA, KS, MN, MO,NE,ND,SD) 1%
South Atlantic States (DC, DE, MD, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA, WV) 10%
East South Central States (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0%
West South Central States (AR, LA, OK, TX) 2%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1%
Pacific States (CA, WA, OR, HI, AK) 1%
Foreign 0

 

For more information see the ABA summary report on the Class of 2010 <pdf>

 

Employment Data for the J.D. Class of 2009
(as of 9 months after graduation)



Employment Status # of Graduates % of Graduates
Known 97 90%
Unknown 11 10%
Employed 87 90%
Pursuing Graduate Degrees 0 -
Unemployed (seeking, not seeking, or studying for the bar) 10 10%


Professional Area % Employed
Public Interest Organizations 28.87%
Government Agencies 8%
Judicial clerkships 15.46%
Academic 8%
Private Practice 20.6%
Business or In-house Legal Dept 18.56%


Employment Locations % of Graduates
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 2%
Middle Atlantic States (NY, NJ, PA) 86.6%
East North Central States (KY, AL, MS, TN) 2%
West North Central States (IA, KS, MN, MO,NE,ND,SD) 1%
South Atlantic States (DC, DE, MD, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA, WV) 1%
East South Central States (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0%
West South Central States (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2%
Pacific States (CA, WA, OR, HI, AK) 3%
Foreign 1%

 

For more information see the ABA summary report on the Class of 2009 <pdf>

 

Employment Data for the J.D. Class of 2008
(as of 9 months after graduation)



Employment Status # of Graduates % of Graduates
Known 119 90%
Unknown 13 10%
Employed 101 85%
Pursuing Graduate Degrees 2 2%
Unemployed (seeking, not seeking, or studying for the bar) 16 14%


Professional Area % Employed
Public Interest Organizations 35%
Government Agencies 17%
Judicial clerkships 18%
Academic 2%
Private Practice 22%
Business or In-house Legal Dept 7%


Employment Locations % of Graduates
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 5.55%
Middle Atlantic States (NY, NJ, PA) 72.22%
East North Central States (KY, AL, MS, TN) 0%
West North Central States (IA, KS, MN, MO,NE,ND,SD) 1.11%
South Atlantic States (DC, DE, MD, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA, WV) 5.55%
East South Central States (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0%
West South Central States (AR, LA, OK, TX) 5.55%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.11%
Pacific States (CA, WA, OR, HI, AK) 7.78%
Foreign 0%

 

For more information see the ABA summary report on the Class of 2008 <pdf>

 

Employment Data for the J.D. Class of 2007
(as of 9 months after graduation)



Employment Status # of Graduates % of Graduates
Known 113 91.9%
Unknown 10 8.1%
Employed 107 94.7%
Pursuing Graduate Degrees 1 0.9%
Unemployed (seeking, not seeking, or studying for the bar) 5 4.4%


Professional Area % Employed
Public Interest Organizations 27.6%
Government Agencies 18.1%
Judicial clerkships 11.4%
Academic 3.8%
Private Practice 27.6%
Business or In-house Legal Dept 11.4%


Employment Locations % of Graduates
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.9%
Middle Atlantic States (NY, NJ, PA) 82%
East North Central States (KY, AL, MS, TN) 1.9%
West North Central States (IA, KS, MN, MO,NE,ND,SD) 0%
South Atlantic States (DC, DE, MD, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA, WV) 7.6%
East South Central States (AL, KY, MS, TN) 2.9%
West South Central States (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0%
Pacific States (CA, WA, OR, HI, AK) 1%
Foreign 1%

 

For more information see the ABA summary report on the Class of 2007 <pdf>

 

Post-Graduate and Summer Employers

We take pride in the accomplishments of all our graduates and we note especially those who, seeing unmet needs in un-served and underserved communities, have founded and now direct new public interest law organizations such as the American Indian Law Alliance; the Center for Disability Advocacy Rights; the Community Advocacy Center; Legal Information for Families Today; AIDS Center of Queens County, Legal Program; The Financial Clinic, Common Law Inc., Queens Women's Center, Legal Clinic for Women in Crises; Network of Women's Services; Sepa Mujer; and InTOUCH.

Public Interest organizations such as Legal Services for Children, AIDS Center of Queens County, Brooklyn Defender Services, Goddard Riverside Westside SRO Law Project, The HIV Law Project, Urban Justice Center Community Development Project, the Education Law Center (Newark, NJ), InMotion, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, The Center for Constitutional Rights, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Sanctuary for Families, Inc., Community Services Society, Sylvia Rivera Justice Project.

Legal Services Offices in all five boroughs of New York City including the Legal Aid Society of New York Criminal Defense, Civil, and Juvenile Rights Divisions; Legal Services for the Elderly; Prisoners' Legal Services of New York; South Brooklyn Legal Services; Northern Manhattan Improvement; MFY Legal Services; Queens Legal Services; as well as the Nassau County Legal Aid Society; NYS Unified Court Mental Hygiene Legal Services; New Jersey Legal Services; Chicago Legal Assistance; Defenders Association of Philadelphia; San Diego Public Defender Office; Columbia Washington Legal Services; New Jersey Public Defender's Office; Oregon Legal Services; Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid; Senior Law Center of Philadelphia; Lower Hudson Valley Legal Services; the Brooklyn Family Defense Project; Brooklyn Defender Services; and the Miami Dade County Public Defender's Office.

Government Institutions, including District Attorney's offices in New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx and Nassau counties; The Nassau County Attorney's Office; San Francisco County Attorney's Office; Dade County Prosecutor's Office; Philadelphia Prosecutor's Office; Chicago Juvenile Rights Division; U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York and the 9th Circuit; Office of the Corporation Counsel - NYC Law Department; NYC Administration for Children's Services; New York City Department of Health; the Office of the General Counsel of the City University of New York; U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Judge Advocate General; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the New York State Attorney General's Office (Civil Rights, Real Estate, Environmental Protection and Labor Bureaus); and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

The Court System, where graduates have served as judicial clerks in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth and Ninth Circuits; United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Central District of California (LA) and Massachusetts and Philadelphia; United States Magistrate Judges and Bankruptcy Judges; United States Court of International Trade; the Supreme Court of Guam; the New York State Court of Appeals, New York State Supreme Court, 2nd Department Appellate Division, Appellate Term, Surrogate Court, and Civil Court; the Superior Court of Alaska; Pennsylvania Family Court; New Jersey Family Court; and trial and appellate courts in New Jersey. Our graduates have also worked abroad such as the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and the Federal Court of Australia. Our graduates have also begun to enter the adjudicative branch of government agencies, serving such as the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings; the Administrative Law Judges for the New York State Public Service Commission and the Department of Social Services; and Hearing Officers for the New York City Board of Education.

Legislative and Executive Branches including the United States Congress, where graduates have worked as Counsel, Administrative Assistant and Assistant Legislative Directors to Congress members; the New York State Assembly and Senate, where graduates have been staff members and counsel to Members; the New York City Council; the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York; and the Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico. Our graduates now also hold public offices including New York State Assembly member and President of the Troy City Council.

Educational institutions including CUNY School of Law; Columbia Law School; Cardozo Law School; St. Mary's University School of Law; Seton Hall Law School; University of Maryland School of Law; Brooklyn Law School; American University, Washington College of Law; and undergraduate institutions like Medgar Evers College, New York City Tech and LaGuardia Community College.

Labor law employers such as the National Labor Relations Board; District Council 37 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; UNITE; the Communication Workers of America; the Committee of Interns & Residents; the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining; the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Office of Labor Relations; and the New York City Mayor's Office of Labor Relations; and labor side law firms such as Gladstein Reif and MeGinniss; Levy Ratner.

Private law firms & legal departments, including Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP; Bryan Cave; Clifford Chance US, LLP; Coudert Brothers LLP; Crowell & Moring; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Dewey Ballantine; Fragonmen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy; Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach; Hogan & Hartson; Holland & Knight LLP; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel; Littler Mendelson PC; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Moses & Singer; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Pillsbury Winthrop; Reid & Priest; Satterlee, Stephens, Burke & Burke; Schulte Roth & Zabel; Sidley Austin Brown & Wood; Thacher, Proffitt & Wood; Whitman, Breed, Abbott & Morgan; and specialized firms in areas like personal injury (O'Dwyer & Bernstien); and medical malpractice (Pegalis & Wachsman); and small community based practices begun by graduates throughout New York City and the tri-state area; and AOL Time Warner (Law Department).

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