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 2008 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 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 2008

 

 Employer Type

% of Reported

Average Starting Salary

 Law Firms

 57%

 
 Businesses

26%

 
    Total Private Sector

 83%

 $124,846

     
 Government

9%

 
 Public Interest

 4%

 
 Academic

1%

 
 Judicial Clerkships

 2%

 
    Total Public Sector

 16%

 $57,553

     
 Unknown Type

 2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salary Information

 

 Employer Type

Salary Range: 25th/75th

Median Salary

Avg. Starting Salary

# of Salaries

Reported

 Law Firms
 (over 100 lawyers)

$125,000 - $160,000 $160,000 $151,951 64
 Medium Firms
 (30 to 100 lawyers)
$80,000 - $136,000 $80,000 $112,667 6
 Small Firms
 (under 30 lawyers)
$45,000 - $85,000 $45,000 $76,060 19
 Business (non-attorney) $70,000 - $100,000 $81,000 $88,892 26
 Government $56,000 - $70,000 $60,000 $62,146 13
 Public Interest $35,000 - $47,500 $40,000 $40,625 4
 All Employers $18,720 - $175,000 $91,000 $105,000 132
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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