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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 Golden Gate University CA $82,000 $90,518
2 U. of the District of Columbia DC $70,000 $78,500
3 U. of San Diego CA $85,000 $72,000
4 U. of San Francisco CA $80,000 $71,000
5 California Western CA $67,500 $66,812
6 Loyola Law School CA $78,000 $65,900
7 Vanderbilt University TN $180,000 $65,287
8 Stanford University CA $180,000 $65,228
9 U. of Illinois-Urbana-Champ. IL $80,000 $65,000
10 U. of the Pacific (McGeorge) CA $75,500 $64,800
11 Pepperdine University CA $75,000 $64,500
12 Cornell University NY $180,000 $64,228
13 Texas A&M University TX $70,000 $63,500
14 U. of Chicago IL $180,000 $63,000
15 Yale University CT $180,000 $62,591
16 St. John's University NY $79,000 $62,500
17 U. of Virginia VA $180,000 $62,000
17 Santa Clara University CA $100,000 $62,000
17 U. of Nevada-Las Vegas NV $80,000 $62,000
17 South Texas College of Law TX $72,500 $62,000
21 Fordham University NY $180,000 $61,250
22 U. of Pennsylvania PA $180,000 $61,218
23 Suffolk University MA $85,000 $61,200
24 Baylor University TX $85,000 $61,105
25 New York Law School NY $100,000 $61,000
25 Hofstra University NY $70,000 $61,000
27 U. of Hawaii HI $85,000 $60,636
28 Northwestern University IL $180,000 $60,518
29 U. of Wyoming WY $50,000 $60,451
30 Boston College MA $180,000 $60,223
31 U. of Michigan-Ann Arbor MI $180,000 $60,210
31 U. of Houston TX $90,000 $60,210
31 Illinois Inst. of Tech. (Kent) IL $75,750 $60,210
34 Boston University MA $180,000 $60,000
34 Columbia University NY $180,000 $60,000
34 Duke University NC $180,000 $60,000
34 George Washington U. DC $180,000 $60,000
34 Harvard University MA $180,000 $60,000
34 New York University NY $180,000 $60,000
34 U. of California-Berkeley CA $180,000 $60,000
34 U. of Texas-Austin TX $180,000 $60,000
34 Brooklyn Law School NY $110,000 $60,000
34 George Mason University VA $106,000 $60,000
34 U. of Connecticut CT $85,000 $60,000
34 Loyola U. Chicago IL $80,500 $60,000
34 New England Sch. of Law MA $75,000 $60,000
34 Pace University NY $72,500 $60,000
34 Cardozo-Yeshiva University NY $70,000 $60,000
34 Creighton University NE $67,500 $60,000
34 U. of Arkansas-Little Rock AR $60,000 $60,000
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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.