Class of 2002 National Summary Report

The table below presents some findings on the employment status and salary levels for the law school graduating class of 2002. With the help of ABA-accredited law schools around the country, NALP gathers and analyzes information on graduating classes every year. The results are published each summer in one of NALP's foremost research publications, Jobs & J.D.'s: Employment and Salaries of New Law Graduates.

Class of 2002 National Summary Chart

Graduates Number reported % of Reported Full Time Salaries
# with Salary 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile Mean
Total graduates, Class of 2002 38,576
Total reported on survey 36,943
By Gender
Women 17,579 48.3 9,828 41,049 55,000 105,000 70,777
Men 18,783 51.7 10,339 43,000 60,000 110,000 74,022
No. respondents reporting gender 36,362
By minority status
Minority 6,869 20.2 3,390 42,298 60,000 120,000 74,905
Non-minority 27,109 79.8 15,722 42,000 57,500 100,000 71,345
No. respondents reporting race 33,978
By minority status and gender
Minority women 3,920 11.6 1,990 42,000 60,000 115,000 73,011
Minority men 2,874 8.5 1,380 45,000 67,500 125,000 77,786
Non-minority women 12,426 36.8 7,292 41,000 55,000 100,000 69,732
Non-minority men 14,526 43.0 8,379 43,000 60,000 105,000 72,816
No. respondents reporting gender and race 33,746
By employer type
Private sector 21,608 68.8 14,117 52,500 85,000 125,000 85,518
Public sector 9,004 28.7 6,230 36,000 41,200 46,000 42,279
No. respondents reporting employer type 30,612
By job type
Academic 530 1.7 193 36,000 40,000 53,000 46,724
Business 3,349 10.7 1,298 47,000 60,000 85,000 69,167
Judicial clerk 3,571 11.4 2,983 36,900 42,000 45,285 41,333
Private practice 18,259 58.1 12,819 55,000 90,000 125,000 87,174
Government 3,995 12.7 2,527 37,000 42,000 48,000 44,022
Public interest 908 2.9 527 32,000 36,000 40,000 37,648
Unknown type 793 2.5 58 45,000 85,000 125,000 82,558
No. respondents with a job 31,405

Note: Private sector includes jobs in law firms and business. All other jobs are considered public. Jobs with employer type reported as unknown are not included in either sector.

Sources of jobs

Source of job Number reported % of reported
Fall OCI 6,840 25.3
Job fair/consortia 503 1.9
Job posting 4,154 15.4
Commercial Internet site 352 1.3
Return to prior job 2,185 8.1
Referral 3,607 13.4
Start own practice 590 2.2
Self-initiated contact/letter 5,519 20.4
Spring OCI 412 1.5
Temporary or search agency 361 1.3
Other 2,471 9.2
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