Following up on my posts about employment outcomes in New York and in DC-Maryland-Virginia, and as I did last year with California, here are the legal employment outcomes in California for the Class of 2015.
Graduating classes continue to shrink, from 5185 in the Class of 2013, to 4731 in the Class of 2014, to 4403 in the Class of 2015.
But total job placement remains flat. There were 2807 unfunded, "full-weight" positions (full-time, long-term, bar passage-required and J.D.-advantage) for the Class of 2015, essentially unchanged from the 2849 from last year. We've seen a few years in a row where total positions among California law schools hover between 2800 and 2900. The shrinking graduating class, however, helped to improve outcomes yet again--the placement rate in these full-weight rose from 60.2% to 63.8%.
There was a significant drop-off in school funded positions, from 145 to 107. The University of Southern California dropped from 33 to 7 such positions; UC-Davis from 19 to 9; and Loyola-Los Angeles from 10 to 3. Bucking the trend, UC-Irvine increased from 13 to 20 such positions, and Whittier from 0 to 9.
As usual, the chart is sorted by the "full-weight" positions, designating both full-time, long-term, bar passage-required and J.D.-advantage positions. There are additional designations for school-funded positions in these areas, and other outcomes. The table below is sorted by the combined bar passage-required, J.D.-advantage, and law school-funded positions (as printed in U.S. News & World Reports), with raw figures and a year-over-year comparison beside.
As usual, please notify me of any errors.
|3.9||University of California-Los Angeles||91.3%||3.8||247||25||34||87.5%||240||22||32|
|4.5||University of California-Berkeley||91.0%||-4.5||237||5||11||95.5%||245||9||20|
|3.2||University of California-Irvine||84.5%||-0.4||71||2||20||84.9%||59||10||13|
|3.4||University of Southern California||80.3%||-5.4||155||9||7||85.7%||141||12||33|
|3.3||University of California-Davis||77.3%||-4.4||125||9||9||81.7%||113||7||19|
|2.6||Loyola Law School-Los Angeles||74.3%||3.3||227||42||3||71.0%||231||41||10|
|3.1||University of California-Hastings||66.9%||9.2||174||28||4||57.7%||205||26||2|
|2.6||University of San Diego||62.3%||4.2||138||16||0||58.1%||128||27||1|
|1.8||McGeorge School of Law||59.6%||0.2||105||31||0||59.4%||84||26||1|
|1.5||California Western School of Law||58.5%||1.4||90||41||0||57.1%||106||18||0|
|2.4||Santa Clara University||53.9%||6.0||86||32||0||47.9%||93||32||0|
|nr||University of La Verne||51.3%||1.3||16||4||0||50.0%||20||2||0|
|2.0||University of San Francisco||51.2%||4.5||60||22||3||46.7%||65||27||0|
|1.1||Western State College of Law||50.9%||5.6||46||10||0||45.3%||49||18||0|
|1.3||Whittier Law School||48.9%||5.1||30||30||9||43.8%||53||32||0|
|1.8||Southwestern Law School||48.2%||-7.7||115||35||0||55.9%||121||53||1|
|1.6||Golden Gate University||41.1%||9.4||58||7||0||31.7%||45||11||2|
|1.2||Thomas Jefferson School of Law||39.4%||-1.6||59||36||0||41.0%||87||33||0|