Improvement, Transparency and Dedication to Our Graduates
The Class of 2012’s employment outcomes improved substantially, with an ABA employment rate of 86 percent, a percentage exceeding numbers as far back as 2008. This information was reported to the ABA on March 15, 2013, and is available to you here. You can compare this to the same ABA summary for the Class of 2011. We salute the Class of 2012 and its success, and know that for all the assistance from faculty, alumni, the Career Services Office and others, the heart of this success lies with the graduates and their determination to succeed.
As a consumer, the Class of 2012 data gives you insight into the most current employment data for the school. Because this information is so new, it has not appeared in, nor has it been used to assess the school by, any publications. In short, you now know more than any website or magazine and can use that data to make an informed decision about attending KU Law, supporting its efforts and assessing its performance.
KU Law students and graduates are highly sought after by employers throughout the state, region and nation. Graduates of the Class of 2012 were employed in at least 18 states, including Washington, D.C., and five foreign countries. The school’s more than 7,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 14 foreign countries. They use their law degrees in both traditional and nontraditional ways.
At KU Law we view this year’s improvement as a start and not an end — as a step toward more opportunities and better outcomes, not as a destination. Beyond efforts driven out of the Career Services Office, KU Law has made, and continues to make, fundamental changes designed to improve the education of our students and the career prospects of our graduates. Among recent changes, the most visible and dramatic is a reduction in class size by more than 20 percent, ensuring an even lower faculty-to-student ratio and stronger demand in the marketplace after graduation. This focus on our students and their future success means that more changes, big and small, will come each year.
As a consumer — be you a student, parent, alum or potential employer — we hope that presenting this information will allow you to make informed choices and draw well-reasoned conclusions about the strength and value of an education from KU Law. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me personally.
Arturo A. Thompson
Assistant Dean for Career Services
KU Law is committed to providing immediate and transparent information on the school's performance.
Success isn't just about numbers. Our employment statistics represent real graduates succeeding in law firms, judicial clerkships, nonprofits, corporations, and careers fully outside of the legal profession. Read a few of their stories.