What Do Lawyers Earn?

As a prospective applicant it is wise to do your due diligence in researching if a legal career is a wise investment for you at this time. For current news on this topic, The National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) is a good place to start.

NALP lists detailed starting salary information including:

  • The NALP Salary Curve for the Class of 2011 — Distribution of Reported Full-Time Salaries
  • Full-Time Salaries for Jobs Lasting at Least One Year, by Employer or Job Type — Class of 2011
  • Employer Types with Average Salary for Class of 2011(pie charts)
  • Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs Taken by the Class of 2011
  • Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Private Practice Taken by the Class of 2011 (broken down by firm size)
  • Reported Salaries by State for Full-Time Jobs in Business, Government, Public Interest, and Judicial Clerkship Positions
  • Median Reported Salaries by Employer Type in the 20 Cities Providing the Most Jobs to the Class of 2011
  • Reported Salaries by City and Firm Size for Full-Time Jobs Taken by the Class of 2011
  • Reported Salaries by City for Law Firm Jobs

NALP has launched a video campaign highlighting the significance of JD Advantage positions. These interviews shed light on some of the many different kinds of positions taken by recent law school graduates.