For Graduates

Graduate Statistics

Although statistics do not tell the full story, we know many prospective students are anxious to know if they will be able to find employment upon graduation from law school.

2013

2012

2011

2010


Please see the complete NALP and ABA Reports, attached as PDFs above, for complete details on employment hires. The charts below are intended as an overview of Willamette University College of Law employment statistics only.


Class Employment Status Comparisons

2011 2010
BASIC CLASS STATISTICS Number Percent Number Percent
Class Size 129 135
Status Known 129 100% 133 98.5%
Status Unknown 0 2 1.48%
Employed 98 75.97% 113 84.9%
Unemployed-Seeking Work 11 11.2% 2 1.50%
Not Seeking Work ** 16 16.3% 16 12.03%
Pursuing Degree Full-time 4 4.1% 2 1.50%
2011 2010
TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT * Type Reported % of Employed Full Time/ Long Term % FT/LT Type Reported % of Employed Full Time/ Long Term % FT/LT
Total Reported Employment 98 73 74.48% 113 93 82.3%
Bar Passage Required 74 75.50% 61 82.43% 86 76.10% 39 45.34%
JD Advantage/Preferred 5 5.10% 2 40.00% 10 8.84% 8 80.00%
Professional Position 8 8.16% 5 62.50% 10 8.84% 4 40.00%
Non-Professional 11 11.22% 5 45.45% 7 6.19% 0
2011 2010
LAW SCHOOL FUNDED * Funded Number % Funded Number %
Total Law School Funded 7 4
Total Term Known 7 100% 4 100%
Full Time, Long Term 0 1 25.00%
Full Time, Short Term 0
Part Time, Long Term 0
Part Time, Short Term 7 100.00% 3 75.00%

Class Terms of Hire Comparisons ***

2011
EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES Term Reported Full Time/
Long Term
% Full Time/
Short Term
% Part Time/
Long Term
% Part Time/
Short Term
%
Total Reported 98 73 74.48% 5 5.10% 5 5.10% 15 1.02%
Academic Employment 1 1 100%
Business & Industry 17 11 64.70% 2 11.76% 2 11.76% 2 11.76%
Government 15 10 66.66% 2 13.33% 1 6.66% 2 13.33%
Judicial Clerk 4 4 100.00%
Private Practice 55 42 76.36% 1 1.81% 2 3.63% 10 18.18%
Solo 14 14
2-10 29 20 68.96% 1 3.44% 8 27.58%
11-25 6 6 100.00%
26-50 1 1 100.00%
51-100 0
101-250 1 1 100.00%
Firm Size Unknown 4 0 1 25.00% 1 25.00% 2 50.00%
Public Interest 6 6 100.00%
Employer Type Unknown 0
2010
EMPLOYMENT CATEGORIES Term Reported Long Term % Short Term %
Total Reported 113 93 82.30% 20 17.69%
Academic Employment 2 1 50.00% 1 50.00%
Business & Industry 17 11 64.70% 6 35.29%
Government 12 12 100.00%
Judicial Clerk 5 5 100.00%
Private Practice 73 61 83.56% 12 16.43%
Solo 15 15 100.00%
2-10 41 35 85.36% 6 14.63%
11-25 4 4 100.00%
26-50 3 3 100.00%
51-100 1 1 100.00%
101-250 1 1 100.00%
Firm Size Unknown 8 2 25.00% 6 75.00%
Public Interest 4 3 75.00% 1 25.00%
Employer Type Unknown 0

* Data for long term and short terms hires was not collected in 2010 by the ABA or NALP and is not available on the 2010 ABA and NALP PDF reports.

** Reasons for graduates not seeking work include health, stay-at-home parents, studying for a bar exam or taking a gap year before looking for employment.

*** The numbers above for the Class Terms of Hire Comparisons are from the ABA 2010 and 2011 Annual Reports. The numbers for the Class Salary Comparisons are from the NALP 2010 and 2011 Annual Reports. Although both organizations are given the same raw data, each processes the information differently resulting in different emphases on data reported and in some cases, different numbers.


Class Employment Reported by State

2011
Alaska 4 4%
California 2 2%
Colorado 2 2%
Idaho 3 3%
Montana 2 2%
Nevada 2 2%
Oregon 68 69%
Washington 12 12%
All Other 3 3%
Illinois 1
Minnesota 1
Pennsylvania 1

2011 Graph


2010
California 5 5%
Hawaii 2 2%
Oregon 73 68%
Texas 4 4%
Utah 3 3%
Washington 12 11%
All Other 6 7%
Alaska 1
Arizona 1
Idaho 1
Nevada 1
North Carolina 1
Wisconsin 1

2011 Graph