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Law School Rankings by Median Salary

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No. Law School State Median Salary Private Median Salary Public
1 Vanderbilt University TN $180,000 $65,287
1 Stanford University CA $180,000 $65,228
1 Cornell University NY $180,000 $64,228
1 U. of Chicago IL $180,000 $63,000
1 Yale University CT $180,000 $62,591
1 U. of Virginia VA $180,000 $62,000
1 Fordham University NY $180,000 $61,250
1 U. of Pennsylvania PA $180,000 $61,218
1 Northwestern University IL $180,000 $60,518
1 Boston College MA $180,000 $60,223
1 U. of Michigan-Ann Arbor MI $180,000 $60,210
1 Boston University MA $180,000 $60,000
1 Columbia University NY $180,000 $60,000
1 Duke University NC $180,000 $60,000
1 George Washington U. DC $180,000 $60,000
1 Harvard University MA $180,000 $60,000
1 New York University NY $180,000 $60,000
1 U. of California-Berkeley CA $180,000 $60,000
1 U. of Texas-Austin TX $180,000 $60,000
1 Howard University DC $180,000 $58,972
1 U. of Southern California CA $180,000 $58,000
1 U. of California-Los Angeles CA $180,000 $55,053
1 Georgetown University DC $180,000 $55,000
24 U. of California-Irvine CA $170,000 $56,000
25 Washington U. in St Louis MO $162,500 $57,000
26 U. of Notre Dame IN $130,000 $56,275
26 U. of N. Carolina-Chap. Hill NC $130,000 $51,500
28 Northeastern University MA $126,600 $58,623
29 Emory University GA $115,000 $57,000
29 Seton Hall University NJ $115,000 $49,571
31 U. of Minnesota-Twin Cities MN $112,111 $52,000
32 Brooklyn Law School NY $110,000 $60,000
33 George Mason University VA $106,000 $60,000
34 College of William and Mary VA $105,000 $56,748
34 Tulane University LA $105,000 $50,000
36 Brigham Young University UT $104,000 $40,000
37 Santa Clara University CA $100,000 $62,000
37 New York Law School NY $100,000 $61,000
37 U. of Washington WA $100,000 $59,000
37 Southern Methodist Univ. TX $100,000 $57,000
37 American University DC $100,000 $56,000
37 Rutgers Law School (SUNJ) NJ $100,000 $49,571
37 U. of California-Davis CA $100,000 $48,000
37 Indiana U.-Bloomington IN $100,000 $47,018
45 U. of Iowa IA $98,038 $55,141
46 Catholic U. of America DC $97,335 $55,963
47 U. of California (Hastings) CA $95,000 $54,000
47 Belmont University TN $95,000 $52,000
47 Loyola U. New Orleans LA $95,000 $50,000
50 U. of Houston TX $90,000 $60,210
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About the 2020 Law School Rankings by Median Salary

Published in spring 2019, the salary statistics in PublicLegal's 2020 Raw Data Law School Rankings by Median Salary report are those of full-time, long-term employed law graduates for the class of 2017 at the time of graduation and within ten months after graduation (approximately spring 2018), as self-reported by the graduates.

The salaries indicated under the heading “Median Salary Private” reflect those salaries of the 50th  percentile, among those graduates working in private practice as law firm associates. The salaries indicated under the heading “Median Salary Public” reflect those salaries of the 50th  percentile, among those graduates working in government jobs or judicial clerkships at the federal or state level.

In determining median salaries, jobs classified as “JD advantage” have been excluded (i.e.,  positions in which the employer requires a JD or considers it an advantage to hold such a degree, but in which admission to the bar is not required).

The rationale behind entitling this report as the “2020” report is that our 2020 Law School Rankings report and 2020 Law School Profiles are of considerable interest to prospective law school applicants who seek to enroll in classes commencing in fall 2020. At the time of our publication of this report in spring 2019, these employment statistics reflected the most current data available.


Source: The data have been compiled from a variety of sources, including from data released publicly by the law schools.

Next Release: Our 2021 report is slated for publication in spring 2020.