Payscale looked at 98 popular law schools and found roughly 28,000 recent grads in their database who reported salary information and were working in the private sector with less than five years experience (we excluded those working in the public sector). The median work experience for this group was two years with a median age of 29. Payscale did not find one school with a median salary of $160,000 and only three with salaries of more than $125,000 (see complete results below).
Columbia Law School led the way with a median salary of $157,000. The law school’s grads include Presidents, Supreme Court Justices and billionaires. Easy access to New York’s elite law firms keeps salaries high. No. 2 is University of Virginia School of Law where grads with little or no experience have a median salary of $137,000. Harvard and Stanford follow next, but only 12 schools total show a median starting salary in private sector jobs of more than $100,000.
sure there is self-selection in terms of people who turned in data to the website but even then its kinda crazy