BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo Law School today
released employment figures for its Class of 2013, showing an
employment rate on par with and exceeding the national average in
one of the toughest job markets for new law school graduates.
The employment data was gathered by the National Association for
Law Placement (NALP), which publishes employment figures each year
for new graduates nine months after they finish school. The
data is available at www.nalp.org.
For all U.S. law schools, NALP reported that 84.5 percent of
graduates from the Class of 2013 were either employed or enrolled
in an academic degree program nine months after graduation.
The UB Law School’s figure is 84.1 percent, very close to the
national average, with 190 of 233 UB Law School 2013 grads securing
employment within nine months after graduating, says Lisa M.
Patterson, UB Law School’s associate dean for career
UB Law School’s employment figures score above the
national average when factoring in one major difference in the way
other law schools compile employment data, Patterson points out.
According to the NALP data, many law schools hire their own
graduates or fund their fellowships at nonprofit organizations.
Many schools include these positions in their employment
figures. This accounts for 4.7 percent of all jobs held by
the Class of 2013 nationwide, NALP’s data shows.
The UB Law School, on the other hand, does not hire its own
graduates nor does it fund graduate fellowships at nonprofit
organizations, Patterson notes. When temporary, school-funded
positions are excluded from NALP data, the UB Law School ranks
second among all New York State law schools – behind only
Columbia Law School – in the percentage of active job seekers
who are employed, according to Educating
Nationwide, according to NALP, 11.2 percent of law graduates
from the Class of 2013 were still seeking work nine months after
graduation; among UB Law School graduates the figure is a
significantly lower: 8.4 percent. In addition, UB Law School
grads enrolled in graduate academic programs at a much higher rate
than the national average – 4 percent, compared with just 1.8
The employment data also show that 69 percent of Buffalo’s
Class of 2013 graduates hold jobs that required that they pass a
state bar exam, indicative of traditional careers in law practice,
Patterson says. The nationwide average is 64.4 percent.
These UB Law School graduates are working in locations from
Florida to Alaska, Hawaii to South Korea, as prosecutors, public
defenders, associates at private firms or solo practitioners, as
well as in corporate settings, non-profit agencies and federal
“While the market continues to be a challenge, our
students are some of the most successful in the state in landing a
wide variety of long-term legal jobs,” says Patterson.
“The quality of our educational program combined with our
affordability enables our graduates to enter practices from Wall
Street to Main Street.”
Since its founding in 1887, the University at Buffalo Law School
– the State University of New York system’s only law
school – has established an excellent reputation and is
widely regarded as a leader in legal education. Its cutting-edge
curriculum provides both a strong theoretical foundation and the
practical tools graduates need to succeed in a competitive
marketplace, wherever they choose to practice. A special emphasis
on interdisciplinary studies, public service and opportunities for
hands-on clinical education makes the UB Law School unique among
the nation’s premier public law schools.