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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 2008 Class of 2009 Class of 2010 Class of 2011 Class of 2012
Law Firm 63% 56% 59% 60% 63% 
Public Interest 25% 38% 29% 30% 26% 
Fellowships 9% 15% 13% 16% 14% 
Government 11% 18% 12% 8% 7% 
PI Organization/
Legal Services
5% 5% 4% 6% 5% 
Academic Employment 5% 3% 7% 6% 5% 
Business 8% 4% 5% 4% 5% 

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. On average 3-5% of each class pursue advanced degrees immediately upon graduation. These graduates are not reflected in this chart. Percentages are based on the total number of graduates reporting their employment plans to CDO or found through independent research. Totals may not equal 100% due to rounding.