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Law School Rankings by Median Salary

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No. Law School State Median Salary Private Median Salary Public
101 U. of New Mexico NM $65,000 $55,000
101 Drake University IA $61,500 $55,000
101 U. of Detroit Mercy MI $51,490 $55,000
104 Roger Williams University RI $60,000 $55,040
105 U. of California-Los Angeles CA $180,000 $55,053
106 Thomas Jefferson CA $53,860 $55,058
107 U. of Iowa IA $98,038 $55,141
108 Western New England MA $50,000 $55,205
109 Willamette University OR $60,000 $55,600
110 Catholic U. of America DC $97,335 $55,963
111 U. of California-Irvine CA $170,000 $56,000
111 American University DC $100,000 $56,000
111 Seattle University WA $73,750 $56,000
111 U. of Kansas KS $70,000 $56,000
111 John Marshall IL $60,000 $56,000
116 U. of Notre Dame IN $130,000 $56,275
117 U. of Denver CO $77,500 $56,676
118 College of William and Mary VA $105,000 $56,748
119 Washington U. in St Louis MO $162,500 $57,000
119 Emory University GA $115,000 $57,000
119 Southern Methodist Univ. TX $100,000 $57,000
119 U. of Idaho ID $65,000 $57,000
119 Concordia University ID $53,750 $57,000
124 U. of Southern California CA $180,000 $58,000
124 Touro College (Fuchsberg) NY $65,000 $58,000
126 Arizona State University AZ $82,000 $58,500
126 North Carolina Central U. NC $50,000 $58,500
128 Northeastern University MA $126,600 $58,623
128 U. of Memphis TN $62,500 $58,623
130 Howard University DC $180,000 $58,972
131 U. of Washington WA $100,000 $59,000
131 Albany Law School Union U. NY $73,000 $59,000
133 Regent University VA $55,000 $59,246
134 Chapman University CA $75,000 $59,250
135 Boston University MA $180,000 $60,000
135 Columbia University NY $180,000 $60,000
135 Duke University NC $180,000 $60,000
135 George Washington U. DC $180,000 $60,000
135 Harvard University MA $180,000 $60,000
135 New York University NY $180,000 $60,000
135 U. of California-Berkeley CA $180,000 $60,000
135 U. of Texas-Austin TX $180,000 $60,000
135 Brooklyn Law School NY $110,000 $60,000
135 George Mason University VA $106,000 $60,000
135 U. of Connecticut CT $85,000 $60,000
135 Loyola U. Chicago IL $80,500 $60,000
135 New England Sch. of Law MA $75,000 $60,000
135 Pace University NY $72,500 $60,000
135 Cardozo-Yeshiva University NY $70,000 $60,000
135 Creighton University NE $67,500 $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.