To help prospective students make informed decisions about if and where they should attend law school, Saint Louis University School of Law provides detailed information about our graduates’ employment status.
We have always reported our employment figures accurately and in accordance with ABA and NALP guidelines. SLU LAW also fully supports the ABA’s new standards for reporting employment data. We think more, or differently presented, information will ultimately help applicants make more informed choices, and we welcome these changes.
A law degree promotes problem-solving, dispute resolution, and analytical thinking – skills that are highly sought after across a wide spectrum of business endeavors and leadership positions. That said, we fully encourage students to thoroughly review their finances, future goals and plans before making a decision to obtain an advanced degree. (Related Link: Office of Financial Aid)
We encourage you to contact the Office of Career Services with questions or comments.
Career Services Office
Saint Louis University School of Law
100 N. Tucker Blvd., Suite 1050
(314) 977-4089 (Fax)
The Current Employment Climate and Recent Graduate Statistics
As in many other fields, law students and new graduates expect to work in a variety of positions such as clerkships and externships to gain experience and make connections as they advance in their careers. It’s a misconception that all new lawyers start out expecting to make high salaries. But, understandably, the continuing publicity about the value of a legal education, and specifically employment data, is on the minds of prospective and current students and alumni.
The data below provides specific outcomes for SLU LAW graduates for the Class of 2010.
A trend we have seen in the employment of new law graduates, both here at SLU LAW and nationally, has been the rise in temporary or contract positions. These positions may be full- or part-time, but they are not necessarily permanent positions where the graduate has an expectation of long-term employment. At the same time, these positions can provide excellent experience and a springboard to permanent employment. Another trend is more and more employers and businesses are recognizing that law graduates possess analytical and problem-solving skills that are valuable in many different settings, so we are seeing an increased number of graduates who have accepted jobs with non-traditional employers other than law firms.
With respect to starting salaries, it should be noted that starting salaries in the public sector or at the state/local government level are typically lower than those in the private sector or those at the federal government level. Starting salaries for new graduates at private law firms also vary tremendously depending on the firm and the type of practice area. Salaries can range from $40,000 to $125,000 or more in a private law firm setting.
Competition is keen for positions at law firms paying the higher salaries and generally those firms look for students and graduates with superior law school academic records.