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Choosing the right law school is an important and complicated process. At Illinois, our goal is to provide our admitted students with the information that they need to make the best decision possible.
In that spirit, I write to share the following employment-related data for our three most recent graduating classes (2008, 2009 and 2010), reflecting placement information for 99.66% of our graduates (597 of 599) and salary information for roughly 80%.
I hope that this information helps you in making an informed decision about where to pursue your legal studies. I encourage you to ask other law schools that you may be considering for similar information so that you can make a decision that is right for you. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
University of Illinois College of Law 2008-10 Employment Data
Over the past three years, the University of Illinois College of Law has averaged an employment rate of 87% at graduation and an employment rate of 98% nine months after graduation.
Two-thirds of the College’s graduates started their careers in the state of Illinois – predominately in Chicago (93%). The remaining third took jobs in 32 different states and 7 foreign countries. After Illinois, the College’s most common markets were California, New York, the District of Columbia, and Texas.
Type of Employment
57% Private Practice
Of those entering private practice, 49% took positions with firms of 250 or more attorneys. Representative firms include: Arnold & Porter LLP; Baker & Daniels LLP; Baker Botts LLP; Baker & McKenzie LLP; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Chapman and Cutler LLP; Covington & Burling LLP; Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; DLA Piper LLP; Foley & Lardner LLP; Greenberg Traurig LLP; Ice Miller LLP; Jenner & Block LLP; Jones Day; K&L Gates LLP; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Latham & Watkins LLP; Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP; Mayer Brown LLP; McGuireWoods LLP; McDermott Will & Emery LLP; Morrison & Foerster LLP; Nixon Peabody LLP; Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP; Perkins Coie LLP; Schiff Hardin LLP; Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Sidley Austin LLP; SNR Denton; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Thompson Coburn LLP; Warner Norcross & Judd LLP; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP; and Winston & Strawn LLP.
15% Government/Public Interest
Representative employers include: City of Chicago; Department of Justice; Department of Labor; Easter Seals of America; Georgia Legal Services; Internal Revenue Service; Judge Advocate General (Army, Air Force, and Navy); Prairie State Legal Services; Cook County State’s Attorney; and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Representative employers include: Allstate; Boeing; KPMG; McDonalds; Microsoft; Sears; and State Farm Insurance.
8% Judicial Clerkships
Representative courts include: U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Circuits; U.S. District Courts in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas; and the Illinois Supreme Court.
4% Continuing Education
Average Starting Salary: $95,232 Median Starting Salary: $77,636