Class of 2011

Employment Statistics for the Class of 2011

On March 15, 2012, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University reported 9-month employment data for its Class of 2011 to the American Bar Association.  The ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Standards Review Committee, recently approved  changes to Accreditation Standard 509 which require that graduate employment data ‐‐ including employment status, employment type, whether employment is full or part‐time, long or short term, whether funded by the law school or university and employment location ‐‐ be displayed in a uniform chart provided by the Council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (the “Council”) and in accordance with instructions and definitions which the Council approves.

The chart for the Class of 2011 appears below:

CLASS OF 2011---- EMPLOYMENT REPORT AT 9 MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION
FULL TIMEPART TIME
Employment StatusNumberLongShortLongShort
Employed – Bar Passage Required 159/53.5% 121 14 7 17
Employed – JD Advantage 39/13.1% 20 5 3 11
Employed – Professional Position 19/6.4% 10 1 2 6
Employed – Non-Professional Position 12/4% 3 1 2 6
Employed – Job Category Undeterminable 5/1.7% n/a n/a n/a n/a
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full-Time 5/1.7%
Unemployed – Start Date Deferred 0/0%
Unemployed – Not Seeking 12/4%
Unemployed – Seeking 27/9.1%
Employment Status Unknown 19/6.4%
Total Graduates 297/100%
Law School/University Funded Position
Of Employed - Law School/University Funded Short Term n/a 9

Full TimePart Time
Employment TypeNumberLongShortLongShort
Law Firms 130 93 9 5 15
Solo 3 3 0 0 0
2-10 68 43 4 5 15
11-25 18 13 4 1 0
26-50 16  16 0 0 0
51-100 6   6 0 0 0
101-250 6 6 0 0 0
251-500 3 2 1 0 0
501+ 7 7 0 0 0
Unknown 3 0 1 0 1
Business & Industry 56 29  8 6 12
Government 17 15 2 0 0
Pub. Int. (inc. Pub. Def.) 12 9 1 2 0
Judicial clerkships 5 5 0 0 0
Federal 2 2 0 0 0
State & local 3 3 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0
Academia 11 0 0 0 11
Employer type unknown 3
Total 234 154 21 14 40

Salary Data for the Class of 2011

The ABA has declined to require law schools to collect and publish salary data because, on a nationwide basis, fewer than 45% of law graduates contacted by their law schools report their salaries. The Council stated that it felt strongly that the current collection of such data is unreliable and produces distorted information. However, pursuant to the revised Standard 509, schools may voluntarily choose to report salary data, but must specify the number of respondents and the percentage of graduates the data represents. Hofstra Law has elected voluntarily to provide the following salary data for its Class of 2011.

Salary Data

Total Graduates in Class of 2011: 297
Total Number of Graduates Who Self-Reported Salary Data: 104
Percentage of Class Who Self-Reported Salary Data: 35% (104/297)
Percentage of Employed Students Who Self-Reported Salary Data: 44% (104/234)
Percentage of Graduates in Full-Time Positions Who Self-Reported Salary Data: 59% (104/175)

Starting salary data for full-time positions/Bar Admission or JD Advantage Required

Bar Admission Required
135 graduates, 86 self-reporting salary (64%)
JD Advantage
25 graduates, 13 self-reporting salary (52%)
Median $60,000 $50,000
Average $70,295 $58,046
25th Percentile $50,000 $36,000
75th Percentile $75,000 $59,000
Low Salary $23,000 $25,000
High Salary $200,000 $178,000

Based on low response rate, we are not reporting salary data for graduates working full-time in the categories entitled “Professional Position” or “Non-Professional Position”.

Starting salary data for full-time positions based on employment sector

Law Firms: 
130 graduates
68 self-reporting salary (52%)
Business or Industry:
  56 graduates
13 self-reporting salary (23%)
Government: 
17 graduates
13 self-reporting salary (76%)
Public Interest:
12 graduates
7 self-reporting salary (58%)
Median $60,000 $55,000 $56,000 $50,000
Average $73,582 $70,000 $57,888 $43,545
25th Percentile $50,000 $49,000 $46,000 $25,000
75th Percentile $80,000 $85,000 $68,519 $53,105
Low Salary $35,000 $30,000 $32,000 $25,000
High Salary $200,000 $178,000 $90,000 $53,015

Based on low response rate, we are not reporting salary data for graduates working full-time in the categories entitled “Judicial Clerkship”, “Academic” and “Unknown.”

Starting salary data for full-time positions in law firms

2-10 Lawyers
68 graduates, 26 self- reporting salary (38%)
11-25 Lawyers
18 graduates, 9
self- reporting salary (50%)
26 to 50 Lawyers
16 graduates, 12 self- reporting salary (75%)
51 to 100 Lawyers
6 graduates, 5
self- reporting salary (83%)
101 to 250 Lawyers
6 graduates, 6
self- reporting salary (100%)
251 to 500 Lawyers
3 graduates, 3
self- reporting salary (100%)
500+ Lawyers,
7 graduates, 7
self- reporting salary (100%)
Median $50,000 $55,000 $51,000 $70,000 $97,500 $160,000 $110,000
Average $50,869 $67,500 $68,000 $80,000 $109,167 $126,667 $117,500
25th Percentile $40,000 $47,500 $50,000 $62,500 $90,000 n/a $73,500
75th Percentile $60,000 $73,750 $70,000 $102,500 $130,000 n/a $160,000
Low Salary $35,000 $40,000 $40,000 $60,000 $90,000 $60,000 $68,000
High Salary $80,000 $150,000 $200,000 $125,000 $160,000 $160,000 $160,000

Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us.  In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided above is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us.

What is Hofstra Law’s overall 9-month employment rate for the Class of 2011?

The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) defines a law school’s employment rate as the number of graduates employed divided by the number of graduates whose employment status is known (see http://www.nalp.org/uploads/Employment_Rate_Calc.pdf). For NALP purposes, Hofstra Law’s employment rate for the Class of 2011 is 84.2% (234 employed graduates/278 graduates for whom status is known). 

If the number of graduates in the Class of 2011 who were enrolled in full-time degree programs (5) is added to the numerator, Hofstra Law’s percentage of graduates from the Class of 2011 who were either employed or enrolled in full-time degree programs is 86% (234 employed graduates + 5 graduates in full-time degree programs/278 graduates for whom status is known).

The ABA does not ask law schools to publish a 9-month employment rate and does not provide law schools with guidance regarding calculation of employment rates.

Other organizations and publications, such as US News & World Report, the Princeton Review and Barron’s, each define a law school’s employment rates and percentages differently.

Where, geographically, do most Hofstra Law graduates work?

For those graduates in the Class of 2011 employed within 9 months of graduation, more than 80% were working in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Members of our Class of 2011 also took positions in California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and  Virginia.

The economy, including the legal economy, is constantly changing, and employment for past classes is not an accurate predictor of employment for future classes. In addition, a law degree from Hofstra Law or any other law school is not a guarantee of employment in the legal field.