Employment Data

Types of Jobs Our Graduates Take

One size does not fit all when it comes to careers. Our graduates pursue a variety of post-graduate paths. Traditionally about half of each class goes into private practice, and within that category the majority of graduates in a law firm setting work in offices of two to twenty-five attorneys. Our College continues to attract national talent as a result of the Urban Morgan Human Rights Institute, the Ohio Innocence Project and the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. Consequently, public interest work is a popular pursuit of our graduates. Still, others view industry as their destination and assume contract compliance roles, tax-finance, as well as other positions for which a JD is an advantage. 

Breakdown of employment data based on type of employment for the class of 2017.
Types of Employment Number of Graduates Percent of those employed Percent of class Full-time Long-term  Full-time Short-term Part-time Long-term
Bar Passage Required 54 93.1 77.1 53 1 0
J.D. Advantage 3 5.2 4.3 3 0 0
Other Professional 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional 1 1.7 1.4 0 0 1

Where Our Graduates Work

Ohio continues to be among the top ten states for entry level legal employment and a number of our graduates take advantage of the opportunities available in the state as well as the surrounding states. California, New York, Illinois and the District of Columbia continue to rank high on the list of post-graduate destinations year-after-year.

Breakdown of employment based on geography for the class of 2017.
Region Percentage of Graduates Employed
East North Central 82.7%
South Atlantic 5.2%
East South Central 5.2%
Mountain 3.4%
Mid-Atlantic 1.7%
West North Central 1.7%
West South Central 0%
Pacific 0%

What Our Graduates Earn

For the Class of 2017, 58 of the 70 students were employed. Salary in the 25th percentile was $52,500 and $103,750 for the 75th percentile. The median salary was $61,266 and the average salary was $72,506. You can learn more about salary statistics nationally for beginning attorneys from the National Association for Law Placement.  All salary information provided is derived from the NALP Summary Report.

Breakdown of salary based on employment sector for the class of 2017.

      No. Reporting Salary (Total Graduates In Sector)

      25th Percentile       Median       75th Percentile
Law Firm 16 (29) $60,000 $102,500 $115,000
Business 5 (8) $58,000 $65,000 $78,500
Government 10 (15) $49,250 $54,950 $60,776
Academia  0 N/A N/A
Public Interest 1 (5) Salary Omitted Due to Limited Sample Size Salary Omitted Due to Limited Sample Size
Salary Omitted Due to Limited Sample Size

How Our Graduates Find Employment

The CPD supports each student’s career aspiration beginning with the individual Professional Development Plan, which is created during the first year. The PDP serves as a yardstick for students to measure experiences to ensure that they always advance the ball toward their ultimate career path. The PDP highlights classes, professional activities, experiential opportunities and work experience that will create a competitive resume.

We also help students connect the dots and routinely offer programs designed to expose students to a variety of settings in which a law degree is beneficial as well as professional norms. 


Breakdown of employment based on source of job for the class of 2017.
Source of Job Number Reported
Career Services Posting 9
Job Fair 1
Placement Agency 0
Fall OCI 6
Spring OCI 1
Referral by friend/family/etc. 6
Pre-Law School Employer 0
Started Own Business/Practice 0
Networking/Self-Initiated Contact 6
Non-UC Law Posting 0
Unknown 26
Other 3

ABA Employment Summaries

NALP Employment Reports