Career Services

Class of 2013 Employment Information

The information below is provided through our Career Services Office. If there are any questions about this information, please contact Lisa Patterson, associate dean for career services.

For additional information on our Class of 2013 employment outcomes, visit Fast Facts & ABA Required Disclosures.

Employment Rate

  • Of the 233 students in the Class of 2013, 82% of graduates are employed 9 months after graduation.
  • 4% of the class are pursuing an advanced degree full-time.  This includes LL.M. degrees, PhD candidates, and a master’s of public health.
  • 3% of the class has decided to no longer seek employment, due to illness, family obligations, a recent move, or other personal reasons.
  • 8% of the class is actively seeking work.
  • 3% of students did not respond to the survey, and are therefore listed as unknown.

Employment by Requirement Type

  • A Bar Passage required job (80% of the Class of 2013 who are employed 9 months after graduation) is a position such as an attorney at a firm, or a judicial clerk where admission to the bar is mandatory.
  • A JD Preferred role (10%) is a position such as a corporate compliance position at a bank, or policy creation role at a non-profit where preference is given in hiring to those who are law school graduates.
  • Professional Other (3%) positions include students who were dual-degree seekers who chose to practice in the field of their other degree, such as an MSW/JD student working as a Social Worker. Professional Other also includes roles in marketing, business management, and other fields were a JD degree is not required to maintain the role.
  • Non-Professional (2%) roles include jobs such as those in retail where a JD is not required.

Employment by Type of Industry

  • Many graduates from the Class of 2013 (55%) chose to practice law in a traditional private practice setting.
  • The second most popular type of office setting (22%) is “Business/Industry” which includes offices such as banks, or the legal department at a corporation.
  • Government roles (13%) include District Attorney Offices, the NY State Assembly, and other federal, state and local settings.
  • Judicial Clerkships (4%) are a selection of graduates which include clerkships in judicial chambers at the local, state, and federal level.
  • Public Interest (3%) includes both Public Defenders’ Offices, and Not-For-Profits such as Legal Services for the Elderly.
  • In this chart, academic (3%) refers not to graduates who are still students, but to graduates who have selected to work at a school. This includes secondary schools, university administration, etc.  These are NOT students employed via a fellowship with SUNY Buffalo Law School.

Employment, Full Time vs. Part Time

Law Firm Size

55% of the Class of 2013 decided to work at a law firm after graduation. Of this 55%, the most graduates work at a law firm with 2-10 attorneys on staff. 

NYS Employment by Location

In addition to employment within NYS, many graduates (approx. 15%) seek employment elsewhere.  Some of these locations include the DC area, Texas, Georgia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Graduates also go to international locations, such as Canada and Italy.

Salary Over Time

Blue Line: The average starting salary for the Class of 2013 was $63,218.
Red Line: The median starting salary for the same class is $50,000.
Green Line: Students making significantly more than the median, some starting salaries as high as $160,000.