​​​​​​Every year, law schools report to the American Bar Association the employment status of their most recent graduating class ten months after graduation. The numbers for the Vermont Law School Class of 2014 follow. We are glad to discuss them in greater detail or speak with you directly about your particular situation. Please contact the Director of Career Services, Abby Armstrong, at aarmstrong@vermontlaw.edu or 802-831-1243 for additional information or to set up an appointment.


Employment Statistics for the Class of 2014

Employment Status Number Full-Time Part-Time
Number Reported % Reported Long-Term Short-Term Long-Term 1 Short-Term
Employed (Total) 102 78.4%
Bar Passage Req'd 68 52.3% 63    3     0     2
JD Advantage  22 16.9% 19    0 2 1
Professional     6     4.6%     4     1     0     1
Non-Professional     6     4.6%     2     2 0     2
Pursuing Grad. Deg. FT 3 2.3%
Unemployed (Total)     22 16.9%
Not Seeking Job     3     2.3%
Seeking Job 19 14.6%
Status Unknown     3     2.3%
Total Graduates 130 100%
1 A "long-term" position is one that either has no definite term or a term of one year or more. A "short-term" position is one that has a definite term of less than one year.

Please click on these links to view the complete data that we submitted to the National Association for Law Placement (NALP 2013; NALP 2012) and the American Bar Association (ABA 2014; ABA 2013; ABA 2012​).


 

Employment Statistics for the Class of 2014

Employment Location for the Class of 2014

The Class of 2014 is working in 30 states and the Virgin Islands​​​.



​Salary Information for the Class of 2014

Number Percent of Employed
# of Employed Reporting Salaries 64/102 63.0%

Salary by Employment Type

Job Type # of Reporting % of Reported # with Salary Reported % with Salary Reported Average Salary Minimum Salary Median Salary Maximum Salary
Law Firm     29     28.4% 21     72.4% $62,190 $30,000 $55,000 $160,000
Business & Industry     22     21.5% 9     40.9% $52,889 $20,000 $55,000 $100,000
Government     24     23.5%     13 54.1% $51,923 $32,000 $50,260 $77,584
Public Interest/Non-Profit     9     8.8% 5    55.5% $55,322 $41,000 $50,000 $85,000
Judicial Clerkships     15 14.5%     15 100% $45,406 $33,000 $46,000 $62,000

Starting salaries can vary dramatically by region of the country, job description, type of employer, and level of experience. Also, the numbers presented here are for entry-level salaries, the first step you'll be taking in what is likely to be a 40-year (or more) career. Nonetheless, initially you may be juggling concerns about income and debt and other expenses that may influence the kinds of jobs you seek. The counselors​ at VLS​ will help you learn about loan forgiveness options, income-based loan repayment, and financial literacy, so you'll have the information you need to make informed choices as you think about your career.​



Four-Year Overview of VLS Employment - Nine/ten Months After Graduation

Employment Status ​Class of 2014    Class of 2013 Class of 2012 Class of 2011
Employed (Total) ​78.5% 79% 77% 80.0%
Bar Passage Req'd ​52.3% 59.0% 52.5% 57%
JD Advantage ​16.9% 13.5% 18.5% 17%
Professional 4.6%1.5% 4.0% 1%
Non-Professional 4.6% 5.0% 2.0% 4.0%
Pursuing Grad. Deg. FT ​2.3% 4.5% 4.5% 5%
Unemployed (Total) ​16.9% 14.5% 17.0% 12%
Not Seeking Job 2.3% 3.0% 5.0% 4%
Seeking Job ​14.6% 11.5% 12.0% 8%
Status Unknown ​2.3% 2.0% 1.5% 3%
Total Graduates ​100% 100% 100% 100%


Comparison of VLS and National Employment Statistics for the Class of 2013

​(This section will be updated when the 2014 national information is available.)
Employment Status
(based on all known respondents)
VLS National
Employed (total) 79.0% 84.5%
Bar Passage Required 59.0% 64.4%
JD Advantage 13.5% 13.8%
Professional 1.5% 4.7%
Nonprofessional 5.0% 1.6%
Pursuing Grad. Deg. FT 4.5% 1.8%
Unemployed (Total) 14.5% 12.9%
Not Seeking Job 3.0% 1.7%
Seeking Job 11.5% 11.2​%
Total Graduates 100% 100%