This is the eighth and last in a series of visualizations on legal employment outcomes for the Class of 2017. Following posts on outcomes in Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, Ohio, and DC-Maryland-Virginia, here is a visualization for legal employment outcomes of graduates of California law schools for the Class of 2017. (More about the methodology is available at the Florida post.) Last year's California post is here.
While most markets remained fairly stagnant, California saw a marked rise year-over-year. total graduates dropped to 3910, a slight decline from 4081 in 2016 but a big decline from the 4403 in 2015 and 4731 in 2014. But the overall unfunded placement rate soared from 64.3% to 69.9%. That came from an increase in in bar passage-required jobs, from 2206 to 2397, as J.D.-advantage placement dropped.
Law school-funded positions also tapered off, from 118 positions (2.9% of graduates) last year to 82 (2.1%) this year. (Please recall from the methodology that the bar chart is sorted by full-weight positions, which excludes school-funded positions, while the table below that is sorted by total employment as USNWR prints, which includes school-funded positions.)
As always, please notify me of any corrections or errata.
|4.4||University of California-Berkeley||94.8%||0.2||269||6||14||94.5%||278||11||23|
|3.9||University of California-Los Angeles||92.5%||1.6||283||17||31||90.8%||239||18||30|
|3.5||University of Southern California||90.0%||4.5||179||4||5||85.5%||140||9||22|
|3.3||University of California-Irvine||86.5%||0.9||72||4||7||85.6%||84||3||14|
|3.4||University of California-Davis||84.4%||3.3||119||10||12||81.2%||87||11||14|
|2.6||Loyola Law School-Los Angeles||79.6%||6.0||204||31||3||73.6%||221||36||5|
|2.6||University of San Diego||67.6%||9.8||121||17||0||57.8%||102||24||0|
|3.0||University of California-Hastings||67.5%||0.5||166||22||1||67.0%||154||46||1|
|1.6||California Western School of Law||64.5%||1.4||106||21||0||63.1%||82||29||0|
|2.4||Santa Clara University||64.0%||2.6||77||10||0||61.4%||102||30||0|
|2.0||University of San Francisco||60.8%||13.6||75||18||0||47.1%||46||20||0|
|1.9||McGeorge School of Law||59.1%||2.3||62||16||0||56.8%||56||23||0|
|1.8||Southwestern Law School||58.6%||4.1||124||43||0||54.5%||125||48||2|
|1.1||Western State College of Law||52.1%||7.0||32||6||0||45.1%||29||12||0|
|1.5||Golden Gate University||51.7%||10.7||33||11||1||41.1%||30||15||1|
|nr||Whittier Law School||39.6%||0.5||44||15||0||39.1%||38||12||0|
|1.2||University of La Verne||36.8%||5.5||12||2||0||31.4%||7||9||0|
|nr||Thomas Jefferson School of Law||32.2%||0.3||41||15||0||31.9%||46||21||0|