Careers

Statistics and Rankings

Employment statistics are only one measure of the success of Santa Clara law graduates. To give you an idea of what our graduates do and how much they typically earn, here is a snapshot of our 2007 graduating class. While the vast majority accept positions in the Western United States, our alumni base is spread across the entire country with large numbers of graduates in Hawaii, New York and the Washington, DC area.

 

Santa Clara University School of Law produces students and graduates who achieve success in all levels of private practice, corporations, government, nonprofit, public interest and the judiciary. Our reputation is driven by the quality of our graduates who, as both people and attorneys, excel in the largest law firms and the smallest law firms, the most prestigious work environments and the most humble. Santa Clara is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) and regionally, the Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association (BALRA).

Statistics for Graduating Class of 2007

Employer Type

% of Reported

Average Starting Salary

 Law Firms

 52%

 
 Businesses

25%

 
    Total Private Sector

 77%

 $113,822

     
 Government

12%

 
 Public Interest

 4%

 
 Academic

3%

 
 Judicial Clerkships

 2%

 
    Total Public Sector

 21%

 $58,950

     
 Unknown Type

 2%

 

 

Overall Average Salary: $105,000
Salary Range: $33,280 to $162,500

 

 

 

Salary Information

Below is salary information based on starting salaries reported by 44% of SCU law graduates from the class of 2007.

 

Employer Type

Salary Range

Median Salary

Avg. Starting Salary

# of Salaries

Reported

 Law Firms (over 100 lawyers)

           $100,000 - $162,500
$160,000
$151,951 51
 Medium Firms ( 30 to 100 lawyers)            $  75,000 - $  90,000

$  80,000

 $ 98,114 7
 Small Firms ( under 30 lawyers)            $  33,280 - $  75,000

$  60,000

 $ 61,030

23
 Business (non-attorney)            $  35,000 - $175,000 $  75,000  $ 85,624 22
 Government            $  35,000 - $  96,000

$  65,000

 $ 64,567 15
 Publis Interest            $  35,000 - $  47,500

$  40,000

 $ 40,625 4
 All Employers            $  18,720 - $175,000

$  91,000

 $105,000 122