Class of 2017 Employment Statistics - Text Version

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Employment Information for the Class of 2017

KU Law reports students employed 10 months following graduation to the ABA and NALP. For the Class of 2017, both the ABA and NALP required that a student be employed as of April 15, 2018, to be counted.

Overall employment at KU Law was 91.7 percent for the Class of 2017. This represents the fourth consecutive year of overall employment at or above 90 percent.

Reporting Entity % Employed Formula Used
KU Law Overall Employment 91.7% (Employed + Full-Time Grad Programs) / Class Size

This includes 76 percent of the class who landed positions that were Bar Admission-Required or JD-Advantage jobs that were also Full-Time and Long-Term — jobs that we regard as the highest quality positions for new graduates. In addition, this figure includes 8 students — totaling 6.6 percent of the class — pursuing additional full-time graduate education in LL.M. programs focused on specialties such as tax and arbitration, as well as areas beyond the law like medicine.

Unless otherwise specified, all numbers are based on data reported to the ABA. Differences in criteria between bodies like the ABA and NALP may create minor differences in similar categories. The related ABA and NALP forms can be found here.

Five-Year Comparison of KU Law Overall Employment Rates

(Employed + Full-Time Grad Programs) / Class Size

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
91.7% 90.8% 94.1% 91.6% 86.7%

Five-Year Comparison of Employment Categories - ABA 

Practice Area 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Private Practice 45.5% 39.4% 48.1% 43.1% 56.7%
Business 16.5% 13.8% 14.8% 19.2% 18.9%
Government 13.2% 21.1% 17.7% 22.0% 13.5%
Judicial Clerk 7.4% 9.2% 6.6% 7.3% 4.1%
Public Interest 1.6% 6.4% 0.7% 3.6% 4.1%
Academic 0.8% 0% 2.9% 4.5% 2.7%

Private Practice Detail (Class of 2017) - ABA

Size of Firm # Reported % of Reported
Solo 0 0%
2-10 attorneys 25 20.6%
11-25 10 8.2%
26-50 3 2.4%
51-100 6 4.9%
101-250 0 0%
251-500 3 2.4%
501+ 8 6.6%

Class of 2017 Geographical Distribution - ABA & NALP

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 2017 accepted positions in 20 states, including California, Texas, Colorado, New York, Florida and Virginia. Over the last five years, KU Law graduates have started their careers in at least 36 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 45* 43.7%
Missouri 28 27.2%
Colorado 4 3.9%
Nebraska 4 3.9%
California 3 2.9%
Texas 3 2.9%
Arizona 2 1.9%
Illinois 2 1.9%
Idaho 1 1.0%
Kentucky 1 1.0%
Florida 1 1.0%
Massachusetts 1 1.0%
Michigan 1 1.0%
Minnesota 1 1.0%
Nevada 1 1.0%
New York 1 1.0%
North Dakota 1 1.0%
South Dakota 1 1.0%
Virginia 1 1.0%
Washington 1 1.0%

*One graduate took a job with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps and does not have a permanent geographical location of employment. However, he sat for the bar exam in Kansas and is included in that state’s total.

Five-Year Comparison of Geographical Distribution by Region - ABA

Region 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.0% 2.1% 0.8% 0% 2.0%
Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA) 1.0% 3.1% 1.6% 0% 3.3%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 2.9% 2.1% 2.4% 1.8% 1.3%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 77.5% 79.4% 76.4% 80.7% 75.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 2.0% 3.1% 6.5% 5.5% 2.7%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 2.9% 1.0% 2.4% 4.6% 2.7%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.0% 0% 1.6% 0% 0.7%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 7.8% 3.1% 7.3% 5.5% 6.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 3.9% 5.2% 0.8% 1.8% 4.0%
Foreign 0% 1.0% 0% 1.6% 2.0%

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
7/18 30 29 96.6% 32 29 90.6% 73.0%
2/18 4 2 50.0% 6 3 50.0% 50.0%
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
7/18 48 41 85.4% 51 42 82.4% 75.7%
2/18 9 8 88.9% 14 10 71.4% 63.4%
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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