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First Non-Clerkship Employment

Given that so many of our graduates clerk after graduation, it is also relevant to describe our graduates' first non-clerkship job choices.

Employment Type

Class of 2007 Class of 2008 Class of 2009 Class of 2010 Class of 2011
Law Firm 59% 62% 55% 56% 56%
Public Interest 27% 25% 37% 28% 30%
Fellowships 6% 8% 14% 11% 14%
Government 14% 12% 17% 14% 9%
PI Organization/
Legal Services
7% 5% 5% 3% 6%
Academic Employment 5% 5% 2% 7% 6%
Business 6% 7% 3% 4% 4%
Advanced Degree 3% 2% 3% 4% 4%

Typically 35-40% of YLS graduates clerk immediately after graduation. This chart combines the first non-clerkship job choices of graduates who clerked immediately after graduation along with the entry-level job choices of graduates who did not clerk immediately after graduation. Percentages are based on the total number of graduates reporting their employment plans to CDO or found through independent research.