In numbers reported to the American Bar Association March 18, 2014, Gonzaga Law posted increases in almost every category of employment over the same statistics from the previous year. Overall, 88.19 percent of Gonzaga Law graduates of the class of 2013 were employed as of February 15, 2014, nine months after graduation, over eight percent higher than the prior year. “Of the 152 graduates who were seeking work, 142 of them are employed. 82% of those employed are in positions where they intend to stay for the long-term,” explained Laurie Powers, Director of the Center for Professional Development. “We are actively engaged with those who have not yet found their ideal fit or who are still seeking.”
Bar Passage and J.D. Advantage Positions
64 percent of the Class of 2013 is employed in full-time, long-term, bar passage positions, up from 51% in 2012, an increase of 13 percent. For the Class of 2013, the total number of graduates employed in positions that either require bar passage or are “J.D. Advantage” positions is 82 percent, an increase of 8.5 percent. J.D. Advantage jobs are positions where passing the bar exam is not a necessity, but a Juris Doctor degree is either required or made a difference in securing employment.
A Big Increase in Private Practice
One of the biggest changes for the Class of 2013 is the number of alumni working in private practice. 51 percent reported that they were employed in private practice, which is a significant jump from 34 percent for the class of 2012, 38 percent for the class of 2011, and 39 percent for the class of 2010.
The majority of graduates working in private practice are working in small firms, with 6 graduates pursuing solo law careers and 58 of the 81 total graduates in private practice in firms of 2-10 attorneys.
Strong Regional and National Performance
“Our 2013 graduates are practicing law in firms throughout the United States,” explained Powers. “Their July 2013 bar passage rate was an impressive 91% in Washington and 100% for the 40 graduates who took the bar in either Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah or Wisconsin. Gonzaga Lawyers are able to pass the bar, and get to work.”
Comparing to Averages*
Regionally and nationally, Gonzaga Law graduates performed very well. The national average for full-time, long-term, bar passage required positions was 57 percent; Gonzaga Law grads reported 63.98 percent for this category. Regionally, compared to the seven law schools in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, Gonzaga Law ranked 2nd in that same category. The national rate of graduates unemployed and seeking was 11.2 percent, while only 6.21 percent of Gonzaga Law grads reported being in that category.
For full statistics on the Class of 2013 employment, visit the Center for Professional Development Employment Statistics Page.
*This article was updated on April 15, 2014 to include comparisons to national and regional statistics.