In 2015, 68 percent of our graduates secured full-time, long-term employment within 10 months of graduation that either requires a J.D. or in which a J.D. is preferred.*
Penn State Law graduates start their careers all over the country. The map below shows a sampling of where alumni from our previous classes have found employment following graduation.
Penn State Law graduates pursue careers in a vast array of fields. Here’s a snapshot of where some members of our class of 2015 began working after graduation:
- Federal government posts with the Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, and U.S. Department of Navy's Office of General Counsel
- Large, corporate law firms like Stradley Ronon, K&L Gates, McDermott Will & Emery, Morris Nichols, and Potter Anderson
- Regional and boutique law firms across the country, including in Southern California, Baltimore, North Carolina, Texas, and throughout Pennsylvania
- City and state government entities like the New York City Law Department and the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board
- Public interest organizations and firms like the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Caring Voice Coalition
- Prosecutors' and public defenders' offices like the West Palm Beach Public Defender, Sonoma County District Attorney's Office, Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, and the Broward County Attorney's Office
- Corporations like Deloitte, Chevron, Swift Capital, and Rue21
- One graduate is working in the legal department at Aegon, a Dutch company in the Netherlands.
- One graduate is working as a magistrate judge in Durham County, North Carolina.
- One graduate is working for the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment.
- One graduate is working for China Investment Securities, Shanghai Branch.
2015 Employment Profile*
Penn State Law graduates work in every part of the legal profession and in non-legal careers where a law degree is preferred. This employment information was gathered from a survey of our 2015 graduates 10 months after graduation. Employment categories and geographic distinctions follow the National Association of Legal Professional (NALP) definitions found here (beginning on page 2), and here, respectively.
Penn State Law Career Services
To help guide our students in the job-seeking process, the Penn State Law Career Services Office is available from day one to work with our students one-on-one to craft an individualized approach to help them gain a foothold in the city and practice area of their choice. Our Career Services team works relentlessly to make connections with employers through constant alumni networking and employer outreach, and they develop unique job search resources, including a database of nationwide job postings. They prepare students with the skills they need to land a job and find success through programs like our On-Campus Interviewing Bootcamp and Leading Law Students, which places students on nonprofit boards. From day one, they lead Penn State Law students through the job search process so they can accomplish their individual career goals.
* Our 2015 graduates were students of the unified, two-campus Penn State Dickinson School of Law. The 2015 data on this page reflect only graduates of the University Park campus.
** The map on this page includes graduate information from both campuses (Carlisle and University Park, Pa.) of the formerly unified Penn State Dickinson School of Law.