Year-on-Year Improvement, Transparency and the Value of a KU Law Degree
With an overall employment rate of 92 percent, the Class of 2014 returned to employment rates not seen since before the Great Recession. This represents a 6 percent rise over the Class of 2013 and is part of a 12 percent increase since the Class of 2011. The quality of jobs obtained by graduates has also improved dramatically, with those landing bar passage-required and JD-advantage jobs that were full-time and long-term rising by 18 percent in that same time period.
This information was reported to the ABA on March 15, 2015, and is available to you here. You can compare this to the same ABA summary for the Class of 2013 and the Class of 2012. We salute the Class of 2014 and its success, and know that for all the assistance from faculty, alumni, the Career Services Office and others, the heart of this success lies with the graduates and their determination to succeed.
As a consumer, the Class of 2014 data gives you insight into the most current employment data for the school. As of the date it was posted, it had not appeared in, nor had it been used to assess the school by any publications. 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 Class of 2014 were employed in at least 14 states and Washington, D.C. And over the last three years, graduates have taken positions in at least 31 states and various foreign countries. 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 continued improvement in employment outcomes as a start and not an end — as a step toward more opportunities and better outcomes, not as a destination. 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 by more than 20 percent, 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/Ft. Worth, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. We will inaugurate our 6th Semester in D.C. program in Spring 2016, 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