Class of 2019 Employment Statistics - Text Version

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Employment Information for the Class of 2019

KU Law reports students employed 10 months following graduation to the ABA and NALP. For the Class of 2019, both the ABA and NALP required that a student be employed as of March 15, 2020, to be counted.

Overall employment at KU Law was 93.1 percent for the Class of 2019. This represents the sixth consecutive year of overall employment at or above 90 percent.

Reporting Entity % Employed Formula Used Class Size for 2019
KU Law Overall Employment 93.1% (Employed + Full-Time Grad Programs) / Class Size 102

This includes 86.3 percent of the class who landed positions that were Bar Passage-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.

Unless otherwise specified, all numbers are based on data reported to the ABA for the Class of 2019. 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

2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
93.1% 93.3% 91.7% 90.8% 94.1%

Five-Year Comparison of Employment Categories - ABA 

(Number Employed in Category) / Class Size

Practice Area 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Private Practice 45.3% 42.0% 45.5% 39.4% 48.1%
Business 10.5% 16.0% 16.5% 13.8% 14.8%
Government 20% 20.2% 13.2% 21.1% 17.7%
Judicial Clerk 12.6% 8.4% 7.4% 9.2% 6.6%
Public Interest 9.5% 4.2% 1.6% 6.4% 0.7%
Academic 1.0% 1.7% 0.8% 0% 2.9%

Private Practice Detail (Class of 2019) - ABA

(Number Employed in Category) / Class Size

Size of Firm # Reported % of Reported
Solo 1 1.0%
1-10 attorneys 13 13.7%
11-25 8 8.4%
26-50 5 5.3%
51-100 2 2.1%
101-250 2 2.1%
251-500 1 1.0%
501+ 7 7.4%
Unknown Size 4 4.2%

Class of 2019 Geographical Distribution - ABA

Graduation from KU Law permits you to stay in the region or move anywhere you prefer. While percentages vary widely, about 37% of employed 2019 graduates remained in Kansas, and another 33% took positions in Missouri. The balance of our students commenced their careers in communities across the U.S. Members of the Class of 2019 accepted positions in the District of Columbia and in 14 states, including New York, Texas, Colorado, Florida, Washington and Virginia. Over the past five years, KU Law graduates have started their careers in at least 30 states. KU Law alumni can also be found in all 50 states and in countries around the globe, including China, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia.

State # Reported % Reported
Kansas 35 36.8%
Missouri 31 32.6%
Washington, D.C. 5 5.3%
Texas 4 4.2%
Virginia 4 4.2%
Colorado 3 3.2%
New York 3 3.2%
Florida 1 1.0%
Louisiana 1 1.0%
Maryland 1 1.0%
Nebraska 1 1.0%
New Jersey 1 1.0%
Utah 1 1.0%
Washington 1 1.0%
Wisconsin 1 1.0%
Outside the U.S. 1 1.0%
Unknown 1 1.0%

Five-Year Comparison of Geographical Distribution by Region - ABA

Region 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0% 0% 1.0% 2.1% 0.8%
Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA) 4.2% 1.8% 1.0% 3.1% 1.6%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.0% 3.6% 2.9% 2.1% 2.4%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 70.5% 78.2% 77.5% 79.4% 76.4%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 11.6% 2.7% 2.0% 3.1% 6.5%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 5.3% 3.6% 2.9% 1.0% 2.4%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0% 0% 1.0% 0% 1.6%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 4.2% 6.4% 7.8% 3.1% 7.3%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.0% 3.6% 3.9% 5.2% 0.8%
Foreign 1.0% 0% 0% 1.0% 0%

Bar Exam

Our graduates routinely exceed the state average for first-time test takers. The key is careful preparation for the exam, aided by KU Law's bar prep program.

Below is historical data for the bar exam in Kansas and Missouri. In 2019, Missouri was the primary jurisdiction for the bar exam, followed by Kansas.

Kansas Bar Exam Detail

  KU First Time State Average  
Year Taking Passing Pass Rate Pass Rate Percent Difference
2019 32 28 87.5% 87.12% 0.38%
2018 33 30 90.91% 74.78% 16.13%
2017 50 43 86% 81.51% 4.49%
2016 60 48 80% 77.4% 2.6%
2015 22 20 90.91% 82.01% 8.9%
2014 53 44 83.02% 86.36% -3.34%
2013 66 58 87.88% 89.16% -1.28%
2012 63 57 90.48% 88.57% 1.91%

Missouri Bar Exam Detail

  KU First Time State Average  
Year Taking Passing Pass Rate Pass Rate Percent Difference
2019 47 41 87.23% 82.41% 4.82%
2018 54 46 85.19% 82.1% 3.09%
2017 36 31 86.11% 86.3% -0.19%
2016 28 26 92.86% 83.48% 9.38%
2015 75 72 96% 87.34% 8.66%
2014 37 33 89.19% 87.59% 1.6%
2013 48 44 91.67% 90.44% 1.23%
2012 42 40 95.24% 92.11% 3.13%

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

Ultimate Bar Passage

  Graduates KU - Bar Exam Within Two Years National Average   No Information Did Not Take Bar
Year   Taking Passing Pass Rate Pass Rate Percent Difference   Within Two Years
2017 121 116 112 96.55% 89.47% 7.08% 5 0
2016 113 106 93 87.74% 88.7% -0.96% 4 3
2015 134 129 126 97.67% 88.32% 9.35% 2 3

Contact the Career Services Office

Heather Spielmaker, Assistant Dean
hspielmaker@ku.edu | 785-864-9257

Stacey Blakeman, Director
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