Employment Statistics for Recent Graduates

Comprehensive Employment Statistics

Class of 2015 ABA Employment Report (*as required by ABA Standard 509)
Class of 2015 NALP Employment Report
Class of 2014 ABA Employment Report (*as required by ABA Standard 509)
Class of 2014 NALP Employment Report
Class of 2013 ABA Employment Report (*as required by ABA Standard 509)
Class of 2013 NALP Employment Report
Class of 2012 ABA Employment Report (*as required by ABA Standard 509)
Class of 2012 NALP Employment Report
Class of 2011 ABA Employment Report (*as required by ABA Standard 509)
Class of 2011 NALP Employment Report
Class of 2010 ABA Employment Report (*as required by ABA Standard 509)
Class of 2010 NALP Employment Report
Class of 2009 NALP Employment Report

Class of 2015: Snapshot of Key Employment Data

Total Number of Graduates: 229
Employment Status Known: 223 (97.38%)
Employment Status Unknown: 6 (2.26%)
Employed 10 Months After Graduation:  195 (87.44% of all graduates whose status is known)
Enrolled in FT Degree Program:  7 (3.14%)
Unemployed and Seeking Work: 20 (8.97%)
Not Seeking Work:  1 (0.45%)

Job Type (For all graduates for whom employment status is known):

Bar Admission Required/Anticipated:  149 (66.32%)
JD Advantage:  33 (14.80%) 
Other Professional: 13 (5.83%)
Non-professional Other: 0 (0%)

Employed Graduates:

Employed Full-Time (FT):  187 (95.9% of employed graduates)
Employed Part-Time (PT):  8 (4.10%)
Long-Term (LT) Positions:  190 (97.44%)
Short-Term (ST) Positions:  5 (2.56%)
Employed by or in Positions Funded by Marquette Law School:   0 (0%)

Employment Sector (for employed graduates)

Type Percentage
Private Practice/Law Firm 54.36%
Government (excluding judicial law clerks and military) 11.79%
Judicial Clerkships 3.59%
Military 0%
Business 20.0%
Public Interest (includes public defender) 6.63%
Academic 3.59%

Location

Wisconsin:  77.44%
Out-of-state: 22.56%

Salaries

Salary information was reported for 141 of the 223 Class of 2015 graduates with known employment status (63.23%) and 141 of the 195 EMPLOYED members of the class (72.31%).

Overall Average Salary: $68,365
Overall Median Salary: $59,000
Overall 25th Percentile: $49,277
Overall 75th Percentile: $81,250
Overall Maximum Salary: $160,000
 
     Law Firm Salaries:

Firm Size
[# with salary/total # reported]

25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile Mean
Overall [76/106 (71.70%)] $48,000 $58,000 $105,250 $72,359
2-10 attorneys [35/56 (62.5%)] $40,000 $50,000 $55,000 $48,993
11-25 attorneys [12/15 (80%)] $48,000 $53,750 $106,250 $70,500
26-50 attorneys [6/7 (85.71%)] $57,250 $58,500 $67,500 $63,333
51-100 attorneys [3/3* (100%)] NA NA NA NA
101-250 attorneys [9/9 (100%)] $111,000 $115,000 $120,000 $112,111
251-500 attorneys [3/3*  (100%)] NA NA NA NA
501+ attorneys [5/6  (100%)] $120,000 $140,000 $150,000 $136,000
Sole practitioner [3/6* (0.00%)] NA N/A NA NA

     Government, Business, Judicial Clerkship, Public Interest and Academic Salaries:

Job Setting
[# with salary/total # reported] 
25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile Mean
Government [23/30 (76.67%)] $49,500 $59,000 $64,650 $61,010
Business [24/39 (61.54%)] $63,000 $73,500 $80,000 $72,788
Judicial Clerkship [7/7  (100%)] $59,000 $60,000 $62,000 $60,557
Military [0/0]  NA NA NA NA
Public Interest [13/13 (100%)] $41,750 $48,556 $49,429 $46,155
Academic [5/7 (71.43%)]  $34,000 $57,100 $132,500 $160,000

* A minimum of five salaries is required for each salary analysis.
 

Bar Passage

All students who graduate from Marquette University Law School and who meet the requirements set forth in Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule 40.02, which sets forth general qualifications (e.g., the attainment of the age of majority and the satisfaction of character-and-fitness requirements), are eligible for admission to the Wisconsin bar on motion, i.e., without having to sit for and pass the written bar examination.