Career Services

Class of 2014 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 2014 employment outcomes, visit Fast Facts & ABA Required Disclosures.

Employment Rate

Employment Rate
  • Of the 191 students in the Class of 2014, 88% of graduates are employed 10 months after graduation.
  • .5% of the class are pursuing an advanced degree full-time.  This includes LL.M. degrees, PhD candidates, and a master’s of public health.
  • 2% 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.
  • 1.5% of students did not respond to the survey, and are therefore listed as unknown.

Employment by Requirement Type

Employment by Requirement Type
  • A Bar Passage required job (77% of the Class of 2014 who are employed 10 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 (18%) 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 (4%) 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 (1%) roles include jobs such as those in retail where a JD is not required.

Employment by Type of Industry

Employment by Type of Industry
  • Many of the employed graduates from the Class of 2014 (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 (14%) 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 (2%) 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

Employment, Full Time vs. Part Time

Full Time - 91%
Part Time
- 9%

Law Firm Size

54% of the Class of 2014 decided to work at a law firm after graduation. Of this 54%, the most graduates work at a law firm with 2-10 attorneys on staff. 

Law Firm Size
Solo Practice 3.8%

2 to 10 attorneys

11 to 25 attorneys 24.8%
26 to 50 attorneys 6.7%
51 to 100 attorneys 9.5%
101 to 250 attorneys 7.6%
251 to 500 attorneys 1.9%
501 or more attorneys 1.9%
Unknown size 2.9%

NYS Employment by Location

In addition to employment within NYS, many graduates (approx. 5%) seek employment elsewhere.  Some of these locations include the DC area, Baltimore, MD, Georgia, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri and New Jersey.

Albany 2
Buffalo 90
Rochester 29
New York (Metro)
Sycause 3
Other 7