Stetson University College of Law collects information about its most recent graduates' employment status and choices, and reports that information to both the American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Association for Law Placement: The Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP). Stetson Law offers three graduation dates: December, May, and August. These three classes combined comprise the graduating cohort for survey purposes. The ABA and NALP establish their own survey standards, including the annual effective date of the information (March 15 of the year following graduation), as well as definitions and the form in which the information is to be submitted. You can visit the ABA website and/or the NALP website to review their specific definitions and instructions.
ABA Employment Report
The data contained in the Employment Report below is the most recent information compiled and provided to the ABA, and it references the Class of 2017. The Class of 2017 is comprised of graduates from December 2016, May 2017, and August 2017.
Information can also be found on the ABA website.
NALP Employment Report
The data contained in the Employment Report below is based on the most recent information compiled and provided to NALP, and it references the Class of 2016. The Class of 2016 is comprised of graduates from December 2015, May 2016, and August 2016.
Please note that when comparing data provided in the NALP Employment Report and the ABA Employment Report, it is very important to keep in mind that each entity uses its own definitions and thus the numbers for some categories/data fields will be different. For example, the NALP and the ABA use slightly different ways of categorizing “Government” and “Public Interest” jobs, and therefore the numbers reported in these categories differ from one report to the other.
» NALP Class of 2016 Employment Report (PDF) - partially redacted for privacy
» NALP Class of 2015 Employment Report (PDF) - partially redacted for privacy
» NALP Class of 2014 Employment Report (PDF) - partially redacted for privacy
» NALP Class of 2013 Employment Report (PDF) - partially redacted for privacy
Additional relevant information may be found on the NALP website.
An Important Reminder About Employment Following Law School
Employment following law school depends on a number of important factors. They include (but are not limited to) academic performance, bar exam passage, licensure, class rank, grades, participation in co-curricular and other activities as well as clinics and internships, the use of discretionary time, and efforts to learn, master, and apply career development skills. In addition, the job market at the time of graduation, in the place and in the sector and specialty area where graduates wish to practice will affect the length of time it may take to achieve employment in a graduate's first position after law school.
Compensation for individuals following graduation from law school varies based on innumerable factors, including the differences in job groups and job families, job location and geographic region, the type of law practiced by the employer, and in the case of firms, firm size, specialty, and financial policy, among others.
NALP compiles national salary data for law school graduates who choose to report compensation information.
Typically, approximately three quarters or more of Stetson graduates choose to work in the state of Florida, and become members of the Florida Bar. The Florida Bar publishes a survey approximately every two years and collects and publishes compensation and earnings information--both recent and historical--as a part of that survey. The survey, which also includes a lot of useful information about the practice of law in Florida, can be found here: Results of the 2016 Economics and Law Office Management Survey (PDF).
The state of Florida publishes compensation information for nearly all positions in government in Florida. This information can be researched using resources available at www.myflorida.com.
Normally, cash compensation information reported does not include the value of health and welfare benefits offered by an employer, CLE or dues payment when provided, or other perquisites or expenses associated with a particular career or job choice.
The information listed above is not exhaustive, and Stetson Law recognizes the very individual nature of each student's career development path. For more information, or additional resources, regarding career planning and development, please contact the Office of Career Development at email@example.com or 727-562-7815.