​Every year, law schools report to the American Bar Association the employment status of their most recent graduating class nine months after graduation. The numbers for Vermont Law School reflect the following trends:

  • Because of ​the recession, the number of traditional jobs in large law firms has declined;
  • Because our graduates tend to prefer careers beyond these traditional positions, they are finding a broad range of opportunities in public interest organizations, government, and judicial clerkships;
  • Because the need for lawyers is still strong, students seeking traditional law firm jobs are finding them in smaller and mid-sized regional law firms;
  • Because we attract students who often have a science or technical background, we have consistently had students find positions that draw on their pre-law school background as well as their law background.​

Employment Statistics for the Class of 2013​

Employment Status Number Full-Time Part-Time
Number Reported % Reported Long-Term Short-Term Long-Term 1 Short-Term
Employed (Total) 158 79.0%
Bar Passage Req'd 118 59.0% 109     7     0     0
JD Advantage  27 13.5% 22     2 2 1
Professional     3     1.5%     1     1     0     1
Non-Professional     10     5.0%     2     2 0     6
Pursuing Grad. Deg. FT 9 4.5%
Unemployed (Total)     29 14.5%
Not Seeking Job     6     3.0%
Seeking Job 23 11.5%
Status Unknown     4     2.5%
Total Graduates 200 100%
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 2012; NALP 2011) and the American Bar Association (ABA 2013; ABA 2012; ABA 2011​).


Employment Statistics for the Class of 2013

Employment Location for the Class of 2013

The Class of 2013 is working in 33 states and 4 foreign countries.



​Salary Information for the Class of 2013

Number Percent of Employed
# of Employed Reporting Salaries 118/158 75.0%

Salary by Employment Type

Job Type # of Reporting % of Reported # with Salary Reported % with Salary Reported Average Salary Minimum Salary Median Salary
Law Firm     38     24.0% 32     84.0% $55,778 $30,000 $52,000
Business & Industry     32     20.2% 17     53.0% $64,824 $40,000 $62,000
Government     24     15.2%     21 87.5% $55,555 $30,000 $55,000
Public Interest     38     24.0% 24     63.0% $45,466 $30,000 $43,445
Judicial Clerkships     24 15.2%     24 100.0% $47,891 $38,892 $47,250

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. Vermont Law School counselors​​ 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.​



Three-Year Overview of VLS Employment - Nine Months After Graduation

Employment Status ​Class of 2013    Class of 2012 Class of 2011 Class of 2010
Employed (Total) ​79.0% 77% 80.0% 81.0%
Bar Passage Req'd ​59.0% 52.5% 57.0% 62.0%
JD Advantage ​13.5% 18.5% 17.0% 18.0%
Professional ​1.5% 4.0% 1.0% 7.0%
Non-Professional ​5.0% 2.0% 4.0% 12.0%
Pursuing Grad. Deg. FT ​4.5% 4.5% 5.0% 8.0%
Unemployed (Total) ​14.5% 17% 12.0% 11.0%
Not Seeking Job ​3.0% 5.0% 4.0% 4.0%
Seeking Job ​11.5% 12.0% 8.0% 7.0%
Status Unknown ​2.0% 1.5% 3.0% 0.0%
Total Graduates ​100% 100% 100% 100%


Comparison of VLS and National Employment Statistics for the Class of 2012

​(This section will be updated when the 2013 national information is available.)
Employment Status
(based on all known respondents)
VLS National
Employed (total) 77.8% 84.7%
Bar Passage Required 53.2% 71.8%
JD Advantage 18.7% 12.6%
Professional 3.9% 4.7%
Nonprofessional 2.0% 0.9%
Pursuing Grad. Deg. FT 4.4% 2.1%
Unemployed (Total) 17.7% 12.8%
Not Seeking Job 5.4% 2.1%
Seeking Job 12.3% 10.7%
Total Graduates 100% 100%