Employment Data

ABA Employment Summaries in PDF Format:

For the University of Pittsburgh School of Law faculty and staff, the career outcomes of our students are the highest priority. Of the 133 total graduates of the Class of 2021, 86.47% (115) secured and began their employment by the end of the reporting period.

Additionally, for the Class of 2021:

  • 53.04% (61) of employed graduates from the Class of 2021 are employed in the private sector. Of those, 47.54% (29) are employed in law firms of 101+ attorneys and 37.7% (23) are working in international and national law firms of 500+ attorneys.
  • 16.52% (19) of employed graduates from the Class of 2021 are employed in public interest and government sectors.
  • 21.74% (25) of employed graduates from the Class of 2021 are employed in the business or industry sectors.
  • 8.7% (10) of employed graduates from the Class of 2021 are employed in federal and state judicial clerkships.
  • Examples of law firms employing members of the Class of 2021 include: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney; Carlson Lynch; Clark Hill; Dechert; Dentons Cohen & Grigsby; Dickie McCamey & Chilcote; Eckert Seamans; Fox Rothschild; Frost Brown Todd; Gordon Rees; Horty Springer; Jones Day; K&L Gates; Knox McLaughlin; McGuireWoods; Metz Lewis; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe; Pollock Begg; Reed Smith; Schnader Harrison; Steptoe & Johnson; and Wilmer Hale. 
  • Corporations which hired members of the Class of 2021 include ACA Compliance Group; Ayco; Black & Veatch; Deloitte; Geico, MSA Safety; PNC Financial Services; and ZOLL Medical Corporation. 
  • Graduates are practicing with governmental agencies including District Attorney Offices; Public Defender Offices; U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); and Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG Corps).
  • Graduates who entered the public interest sector are practicing with organizations including the Allegheny County Bar Foundation; KidsVoice; Laurel Legal Services; Legal Aid of North Carolina; Legal Aid of Southeastern PA; Neighborhood Legal Services; Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA); Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services; and the U.S. Fulbright Program.

*Information on employment outcomes for the Class of 2020 may not reflect a particular law school’s typical results in this area. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bar admission exams were canceled or delayed in many jurisdictions, thus making it more challenging for graduates to secure employment by the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at www.abarequireddisclosures.org

Per Interpretation 509-2 of Standard 509, law schools may choose to publicize additional employment outcome data beyond what the Employment Protocols require. This additional data, per Standard 509, must be “complete, accurate, and not misleading to a reasonable law school student or applicant.” Law schools are expected to use “due diligence in obtaining and verifying such information.” The above additional employment outcome data has not been, and will not be, audited by the ABA. It is meant to supplement the annual ABA Employment Summary Report, which reflects the employment status of members of each graduating class as of the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at www.abarequireddisclosures.org.