For the class of 2017, 78.1 percent of our graduates secured full-time, long-term employment within 10 months of graduation that either requires bar admission or in which a J.D. provides an advantage.* This number only includes graduates employed in full-time, long-term J.D. required or J.D. advantage positions.
Employment Summary Reports
Please see the NALP website for an explanation of the discrepancies between ABA and NALP employment data. If you have additional questions regarding employment data, please contact Assistant Dean for Career Services Randy Reliford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2017 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 2017 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 2017 graduates were students of the unified, two-campus Penn State Dickinson School of Law. The 2017 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.