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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 Minnesota-Twin Cities MN $112,111 $52,000
102 Wayne State U. MI $84,000 $55,000
102 Michigan State University MI $75,000 $54,000
102 U. of Detroit Mercy MI $51,490 $55,000
102 Western Michigan (Cooley) MI N/A N/A
102 U. of Michigan-Ann Arbor MI $180,000 $60,210
107 U. of Maine ME $52,442 $52,000
108 U. of Baltimore MD $68,000 $47,000
108 U. of Maryland MD $70,000 $49,000
110 Boston College MA $180,000 $60,223
110 Boston University MA $180,000 $60,000
110 Harvard University MA $180,000 $60,000
110 New England Sch. of Law MA $75,000 $60,000
110 Northeastern University MA $126,600 $58,623
110 U. of Massachusetts MA $52,500 $47,000
110 Suffolk University MA $85,000 $61,200
110 Western New England MA $50,000 $55,205
118 Louisiana State-Baton Rouge LA $80,000 $49,500
118 Loyola U. New Orleans LA $95,000 $50,000
118 Southern University LA N/A N/A
118 Tulane University LA $105,000 $50,000
122 Northern Kentucky U. KY $65,000 $43,000
122 U. of Kentucky KY $61,000 $42,000
122 U. of Louisville (Brandeis) KY $60,000 $51,378
125 Washburn University KS $60,000 $50,935
125 U. of Kansas KS $70,000 $56,000
127 Indiana U.-Bloomington IN $100,000 $47,018
127 Indiana U.-Indianapolis IN N/A N/A
127 U. of Notre Dame IN $130,000 $56,275
127 Valparaiso University IN N/A N/A
131 DePaul University IL $68,000 $53,750
131 Illinois Inst. of Tech. (Kent) IL $75,750 $60,210
131 John Marshall IL $60,000 $56,000
131 Loyola U. Chicago IL $80,500 $60,000
131 Northern Illinois University IL $50,000 $50,000
131 Northwestern University IL $180,000 $60,518
131 Southern Illinois-Carbondale IL $52,000 $43,750
131 U. of Chicago IL $180,000 $63,000
131 U. of Illinois-Urbana-Champ. IL $80,000 $65,000
140 Concordia University ID $53,750 $57,000
140 U. of Idaho ID $65,000 $57,000
142 Drake University IA $61,500 $55,000
142 U. of Iowa IA $98,038 $55,141
144 U. of Hawaii HI $85,000 $60,636
145 Atlanta's John Marshall Law GA N/A N/A
145 Emory University GA $115,000 $57,000
145 Georgia State University GA $80,000 $55,000
145 Mercer University (GA) GA $69,000 $50,500
145 U. of Georgia GA $90,000 $50,000
150 Ave Maria School of Law FL $60,000 $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.