Year-on-Year Improvement, Transparency and the Value of a KU Law Degree
With an overall employment rate between 90 and 92 percent, KU Law has returned to employment rates not seen since before the Great Recession. This represents a more than 10 percent rise in outcomes since 2011. The quality of jobs obtained by graduates has also improved dramatically, with 82 percent of employed graduates in the Class of 2016 landing positions that were bar admission-required and JD-advantage jobs that were full-time and long-term.
This information was reported to the ABA on March 15, 2016, and is available to you here. You can compare this to the same ABA summaries for prior years. We salute the Class of 2016 and its success, and know that for all the assistance from faculty, alumni, the Career Services Office and others, it's really about our extraordinary graduates and their determination to succeed.
As a consumer, the Class of 2016 data gives you insight into the most current employment data for the school. Along with data from prior years, you can see how we have performed over the long term. In short, you know more than any website or magazine and can use that data to make an informed decision about attending KU Law, supporting its efforts and assessing its performance.
Demand for KU Law students and graduates throughout the state, region and nation remains high. Graduates of the classes of 2015 and 2016 are employed in at least 21 states and Washington, D.C. Our alumni can be found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 18 foreign countries. They use their law degrees in both traditional and nontraditional ways and are proud to carry on the tradition of being Jayhawk Lawyers.
At KU Law we view our improvement in employment outcomes as a start and not an end — as a step toward more opportunities and better outcomes for you. Beyond efforts driven out of the Career Services Office, KU Law continues to make fundamental changes designed to improve the education of our students and the career prospects of our graduates. Among recent changes, the most visible and dramatic is a reduction in class size, ensuring an even lower faculty-to-student ratio and stronger demand in the marketplace after graduation. We have also instituted innovative programs, including a school-funded Traveling “On-Campus” Interview Program to Dallas/Fort Worth and Denver. Our 6th Semester in D.C. is entering its second year, expanding on a long legacy of KU Lawyers launching their careers in the D.C. region.
As a consumer — be you a student, parent, alumnus or potential employer — we hope that presenting this information will allow you to make informed choices and draw well-reasoned conclusions about the strength and value of an education from KU Law. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me personally.
Arturo A. Thompson
Assistant Dean for Career Services