Graduate Employment Data for Seattle University School of Law

Each year the law school reports graduate employment information to the American Bar Association (ABA). We have posted ABA Employment Summary reports for the last four years: 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017. If you have questions about what these numbers mean, please feel free to contact a member of the CPD team.

2020 Employment Statistics Infographic

Employment by Type (of total graduates employed by March 15, 2021)
(includes full-time, part-time, long-term, and short-term positions)


Employed in Bar Passage Required/Anticipated Position = 88%
Employed in JD Advantage Position = 9%
Employed in Other Professional Position = 2%
Employed in Non-Professional Position = 1%

Employment by Sector (of total graduates employed)
(includes full-time, part-time, long-term, and short-term positions)


  • Law Firm = 55%
    • 2-10 Attorneys in Firm = 33%
    • 11-25 Attorneys in Firm = 7%
    • 26-50 Attorneys in Firm = 3%
    • 51-100 Attorneys in Firm = 1%
    • 101-250 Attorneys in Firm = 1%
    • 251-500 Attorneys in Firm = 1%
    • 501+ Attorneys in Firm = 8%
    • Solo Practice = 1%
  • Business & Industry = 12%
  • Government = 13%
  • Public Interest = 7%
  • Judicial Clerkships = 12%
  • Education = 1%

Employment by Duration (of total graduates employed)


Long Term Employment = 96% (92% full-time, 4% part-time)
Short Term Employment (lasting less than one year) = 4% (3% full-time, 1% part-time)

All percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.

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.