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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 St. Louis University MO $70,000 $45,000
102 St. John's University NY $79,000 $62,500
103 Southwestern Univ. CA $70,000 $40,000
104 Southern University LA N/A N/A
105 Southern Methodist Univ. TX $100,000 $57,000
106 Southern Illinois-Carbondale IL $52,000 $43,750
107 South Texas College of Law TX $72,500 $62,000
108 Seton Hall University NJ $115,000 $49,571
109 Seattle University WA $73,750 $56,000
110 Santa Clara University CA $100,000 $62,000
111 Samford U. (Cumberland) AL $65,000 $46,000
112 Rutgers Law School (SUNJ) NJ $100,000 $49,571
113 Roger Williams University RI $60,000 $55,040
114 Regent University VA $55,000 $59,246
115 Quinnipiac University CT $70,000 $55,000
116 Pepperdine University CA $75,000 $64,500
117 Penn State U. (University Park) PA $80,000 $51,106
118 Penn State U. (Dickinson) PA $64,000 $50,500
119 Pace University NY $72,500 $60,000
120 Oklahoma City University OK $58,900 $45,000
121 Ohio State University (Moritz) OH $78,000 $55,000
122 Ohio Northern University OH $55,000 $46,434
123 Nova Southeastern U. FL $60,000 $42,000
124 Northwestern University IL $180,000 $60,518
125 Northern Kentucky U. KY $65,000 $43,000
126 Northern Illinois University IL $50,000 $50,000
127 Northeastern University MA $126,600 $58,623
128 North Carolina Central U. NC $50,000 $58,500
129 New York University NY $180,000 $60,000
130 New York Law School NY $100,000 $61,000
131 New England Sch. of Law MA $75,000 $60,000
132 Mitchell Hamline MN N/A N/A
133 Mississippi College MS $67,000 $45,000
134 Michigan State University MI $75,000 $54,000
135 Mercer University (GA) GA $69,000 $50,500
136 Marquette University WI $56,500 $50,000
137 Loyola U. New Orleans LA $95,000 $50,000
138 Loyola U. Chicago IL $80,500 $60,000
139 Loyola Law School CA $78,000 $65,900
140 Louisiana State-Baton Rouge LA $80,000 $49,500
141 Lincoln Memorial U. TN $45,500 N/A
142 Liberty University VA $51,000 $54,000
143 Lewis & Clark (Northwestern) OR $62,400 $45,000
144 John Marshall IL $60,000 $56,000
145 Indiana U.-Indianapolis IN N/A N/A
146 Indiana U.-Bloomington IN $100,000 $47,018
147 Illinois Inst. of Tech. (Kent) IL $75,750 $60,210
148 Howard University DC $180,000 $58,972
149 Hofstra University NY $70,000 $61,000
150 Harvard University MA $180,000 $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.