Class of 2020 Employment Statistics - Text Version

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Employment Information for the Class of 2020

KU Law reports students employed 10 months following graduation to the ABA and NALP. For the Class of 2020, both the ABA and NALP required that a student be employed as of March 15, 2021, to be counted.

Overall employment at KU Law was 93.1% for the Class of 2020. This represents the seventh consecutive year of overall employment at or above 90%.

Reporting Entity % Employed Formula Used Class Size for 2020
KU Law Overall Employment 93.1% (Employed + Full-Time Grad Programs) / Class Size 102

This includes 83.3% 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 2020. 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 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Private Practice 62.1% 45.3% 42.0% 45.5% 39.4%
Business 7.4% 10.5% 16.0% 16.5% 13.8%
Government 7.4% 20% 20.2% 13.2% 21.1%
Judicial Clerk 5.3% 12.6% 8.4% 7.4% 9.2%
Public Interest 10.5% 9.5% 4.2% 1.6% 6.4%
Education 6.3% 1.0% 1.7% 0.8% 0%

Private Practice Detail (Class of 2020) - ABA

(Number Employed in Category) / Class Size

Size of Firm # Reported % of Reported
Solo 2 2.1%
1-10 attorneys 16 16.8%
11-25 17 17.9%
26-50 7 7.4%
51-100 4 4.2%
101-250 1 1.1%
251-500 5 5.7%
501+ 6 6.3%
Unknown Size 1 1.1%

Class of 2020 Geographical Distribution - ABA

Graduation from KU Law permits you to stay in the region or move anywhere you prefer. While percentages vary widely, about 55.8% of employed 2020 graduates remained in Kansas, and another 26.2% took positions in Missouri. The balance of our students commenced their careers in communities across the U.S. KU Law alumni can 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 53 55.8%
Missouri 25 26.2%
Florida 4 4.1%
Arizona 3 3.1%
Texas 2 2%
California 1 1.1%
Colorado 1 1.1%
Illinois 1 1.1%
Louisiana 1 1.1%
South Dakota 1 1.1%
Utah 1 1.1%
Washington, D.C. 1 1.1%
Unknown 1 1.0%

Five-Year Comparison of Geographical Distribution by Region - ABA

Region 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0% 0% 0% 1.0% 2.1%
Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA) 0% 4.2% 1.8% 1.0% 3.1%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 1.1% 1.0% 3.6% 2.9% 2.1%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 83.2% 70.5% 78.2% 77.5% 79.4%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 5.3% 11.6% 2.7% 2.0% 3.1%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 3.1% 5.3% 3.6% 2.9% 1.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0% 0% 0% 1.0% 0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 5.3% 4.2% 6.4% 7.8% 3.1%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.1% 1.0% 3.6% 3.9% 5.2%
Foreign 0% 1.0% 0% 0% 1.0%

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.

Information about bar exam performance for KU Law graduates is available on the Bar Exam Performance page.

ABA Statement on Employment Data

Per Interpretation 509-2 of Standard 509, law schools may choose to publicize additional employment outcome data beyond what the Employment Protocols require. This additional data, per Standard 509, must be “complete, accurate, and not misleading to a reasonable law school student or applicant.” Law schools are expected to use “due diligence in obtaining and verifying such information.” The following additional employment outcome data has not been, and will not be, audited by the ABA. It is meant to supplement the annual ABA Employment Summary Report, which reflects the employment status of members of each graduating class as of the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the three years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at abarequireddisclosures.org.