Class of 2016 Employment Statistics - Text Version

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Employment Information for the Class of 2016
KU Law reports students employed 10 months following graduation to the ABA and NALP. For the Class of 2016, both the ABA and NALP required that a student be employed as of April 15, 2017, to be counted.

Reporting Entity % Employed Formula Used
ABA & NALP 90% Employed / (Class Size - Employment Status Unknown)

Five-Year Comparison of Employment Rates

Reporting Entity 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
ABA 89.9% 91.1% 91.6% 85.5% 85.6%
NALP 89.9% 91.1% 91.6% 86.1% 85.6%

Five-Year Comparison of Employment Categories - ABA 

Practice Area 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Private Practice 39.4% 48.1% 43.1% 56.7% 46.6%
Business 13.8% 14.8% 19.2% 18.9% 21.2%
Government 21.1% 17.7% 22.0% 13.5% 16.8%
Judicial Clerk 9.2% 6.6% 7.3% 4.1% 6.8%
Public Interest 6.4% 0.7% 3.6% 4.1% 5.3%
Academic 0% 2.9% 4.5% 2.7% 3.1%

Private Practice Detail (Class of 2016) - ABA

Size of Firm # Reported % of Reported
Solo 0 0%
2-10 attorneys 22 20.2%
11-25 8 7.3%
26-50 3 2.8%
51-100 1 0.9%
101-250 2 1.8%
251-500 3 2.8%
501+ 4 3.7%

Class of 2016 Geographical Distribution - ABA
Graduation from KU Law permits you to stay in the region or move anywhere you prefer. While percentages vary widely, about 62% of 2016 graduates remained in Kansas, and another 20% took positions in Missouri. The balance of our students commenced their careers in communities across the U.S. Members of the Class of 2016 accepted positions in 13 states, including California, Texas, Colorado, New York and Washington, D.C. Over the last five years, KU Law graduates have started their careers in at least 34 states. KU Law alumni can also be found in all 50 states and countries around the globe, including China, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.

State # Reported % Reported
Kansas 61 62.2%
Missouri 20 20.4%
California 3 3.1%
New York 3 3.1%
Arizona 2 2.0%
Colorado 1 1.0%
Delaware 1 1.0%
D.C. 1 1.0%
Illinois 1 1.0%
Maryland 1 1.0%
Oregon 1 1.0%
Texas 1 1.0%
Wyoming 1 1.0%

 

Five-Year Comparison of Geographical Distribution by Region - ABA

Region 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0% 0.8% 0% 2.0% 0%
Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA) 3.1% 1.6% 0% 3.3% 0.7%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.0% 2.4% 1.8% 1.3% 0.7%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 82.7% 76.4% 80.7% 75.0% 74.8%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 3.1% 6.5% 5.5% 2.7% 6.1%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0% 2.4% 4.6% 2.7% 2.3%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 4.1% 7.3% 5.5% 6.0% 5.3%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 4.1% 0.8% 1.8% 4.0% 6.1%
Foreign 1.0% 0% 1.6% 2.0% 3.8%

Bar Exam
Our graduates normally exceed the state average for first-time test takers. The key is careful preparation for the exam. Below is historical data for the bar exam in Missouri and Kansas. Kansas is the primary jurisdiction for the bar exam, followed closely by Missouri.

Kansas Bar Exam Detail

Date KU First Time KU All State Average
Taking Passing Pass Rate Taking Passing Pass Rate Pass Rate
7/17 44 39 88.6% 45 40 88.8% 79.0%
2/17 7 5 71.4% 16 8 50.0% 66.0%
7/16 59 46 77.9% 60 47 78.3% 79.2%
2/16 5 3 60.0% 6 4 66.6% 56.1%
7/15 24 22 91.6% 27 24 88.8% 76.1%
2/15 3 3 100% 9 9 100% 81.5%
7/14 57 47 82.40% 59 47 79.69% 78.70%
2/14 30 29 96.70% 34 31 91.20% 86.00%
7/13 60 53 89.00% 76 64 87.00% 82.00%
2/13 25 23 92.00% 30 26 86.60% 90.00%
7/12 60 55 91.60% 67 58 86.50% 86.00%
2/12 14 12 85.70% 17 14 82.30% 80.20%

Missouri Bar Exam Detail

Date KU First Time KU All State Average
Taking Passing Pass Rate Taking Passing Pass Rate Pass Rate
7/17 36 32 88.9% 37 33 89.2% 84.7%
2/17 4 2 50.0% 8 4 50.0% 65.7%
7/16 28 25 89.3% 32 29 90.6% 79.4%
2/16 8 8 100% 14 13 92.9% 74.3%
7/15 75 71 94.7% 80 73 91.3% 84.0%
2/15 7 7 100% 27 22 81.5% 77.7%
7/14 39 34 87.18% 45 38 84.44% 85.35%
2/14 6 5 83.33% 13 10 76.93% 80.53%
7/13 48 43 89.58% 53 47 88.68% 88.60%
2/13 3 2 66.67% 19 18 94.74% 82.19%
7/12 38 37 97.37% 43 41 95.35% 90.35%
2/12 8 7 87.50% 35 32 91.43% 82.46%

KU Law graduates have also consistently performed well on bar exams in other states including California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, New York and Pennsylvania.


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