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Law School Rankings by Median Salary

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No. Law School State Median Salary Private Median Salary Public
51 Harvard University MA $180,000 $60,000
52 Hofstra University NY $70,000 $61,000
53 Howard University DC $180,000 $58,972
54 Illinois Inst. of Tech. (Kent) IL $75,750 $60,210
55 Indiana U.-Bloomington IN $100,000 $47,018
56 Indiana U.-Indianapolis IN N/A N/A
57 John Marshall IL $60,000 $56,000
58 Lewis & Clark (Northwestern) OR $62,400 $45,000
59 Liberty University VA $51,000 $54,000
60 Lincoln Memorial U. TN $45,500 N/A
61 Louisiana State-Baton Rouge LA $80,000 $49,500
62 Loyola Law School CA $78,000 $65,900
63 Loyola U. Chicago IL $80,500 $60,000
64 Loyola U. New Orleans LA $95,000 $50,000
65 Marquette University WI $56,500 $50,000
66 Mercer University (GA) GA $69,000 $50,500
67 Michigan State University MI $75,000 $54,000
68 Mississippi College MS $67,000 $45,000
69 Mitchell Hamline MN N/A N/A
70 New England Sch. of Law MA $75,000 $60,000
71 New York Law School NY $100,000 $61,000
72 New York University NY $180,000 $60,000
73 North Carolina Central U. NC $50,000 $58,500
74 Northeastern University MA $126,600 $58,623
75 Northern Illinois University IL $50,000 $50,000
76 Northern Kentucky U. KY $65,000 $43,000
77 Northwestern University IL $180,000 $60,518
78 Nova Southeastern U. FL $60,000 $42,000
79 Ohio Northern University OH $55,000 $46,434
80 Ohio State University (Moritz) OH $78,000 $55,000
81 Oklahoma City University OK $58,900 $45,000
82 Pace University NY $72,500 $60,000
83 Penn State U. (Dickinson) PA $64,000 $50,500
84 Penn State U. (University Park) PA $80,000 $51,106
85 Pepperdine University CA $75,000 $64,500
86 Quinnipiac University CT $70,000 $55,000
87 Regent University VA $55,000 $59,246
88 Roger Williams University RI $60,000 $55,040
89 Rutgers Law School (SUNJ) NJ $100,000 $49,571
90 Samford U. (Cumberland) AL $65,000 $46,000
91 Santa Clara University CA $100,000 $62,000
92 Seattle University WA $73,750 $56,000
93 Seton Hall University NJ $115,000 $49,571
94 South Texas College of Law TX $72,500 $62,000
95 Southern Illinois-Carbondale IL $52,000 $43,750
96 Southern Methodist Univ. TX $100,000 $57,000
97 Southern University LA N/A N/A
98 Southwestern Univ. CA $70,000 $40,000
99 St. John's University NY $79,000 $62,500
100 St. Louis University MO $70,000 $45,000
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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.