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Graduate Employment Outcomes for the New England Law Class of 2017

Just as we prepare to usher the New England Law | Boston Class of 2018 across the graduation stage, we get to look back on last year’s graduates to see how far they’ve come.

Below you’ll find a snapshot of where the Class of 2017 is working right now, plus a sampling of some of the jobs those graduates have found.

These recent grads join New England Law alumni living and working in all 50 states and 24 countries, holding positions in virtually every employment sector. We are thrilled to share their successes.

Keep reading for employment details for the New England Law Class of 2017.

Class of 2017 industry statistics

As you might expect, a majority of our 2017 graduates are working in law firms of various sizes. But there are also many graduates employed as in-house counsel at companies in various sectors.

Notably, a high percentage of 2017 grads (12%) took clerkships, competitive positions that not only launch successful law careers but enable close working relationships with judges—particularly helpful if you have aspirations of becoming a judge yourself.

Employment by sector

  • Law firms (all sizes): 40.37%
  • Business and industry: 28.57%
  • Government and public interest: 15.52%
  • Clerkships (federal, state, and local): 12.42%
  • Education/academia: 1.24%
  • Sector unconfirmed: 1.86%       

Click the pie chart to view the full infographic!

Class-of-2017-Employment-Outcomes-pie-chart

Law firm employment by size

  • Solo: 4.6%
  • 2–10: 58.46%
  • 11–25: 15.38%
  • 26–100: 1.53%
  • 100+: 18.46%

Position and employer examples

We’re also thrilled with the breadth and variety of employers for our Class of 2017, as their varied legal passions translated into impressive positions across many industries.

You’ll find New England Law 2017 grads serving as associates at some of Boston’s top law firms, in post-grad fellowships, fighting for social justice issues at home and abroad, and much more.

Here are just a few examples:

Law firms (associates)

  • Beck Reed Riden LLP (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Manion Gaynor & Manning (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Morrison Mahoney LLP (Boston, Massachusetts)

Government and public interest

  • Chief of Staff, Massachusetts House of Representatives (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Assistant District Attorney, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office/Kings County District Attorney’s Office (Brooklyn, New York)
  • Associate for Religious Beliefs and Other Social Issues for the International Human Rights Reporting Standards (Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • Public Defender/Staff Attorney, Committee for Public Counsel Services (Boston, Massachusetts)

Business and industry

  • Tax Consultant, Deloitte LLP (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst and Contracts Manager, Dining Alliance (Waltham, Massachusetts)
  • Lead Project Manager for Contract Management, National Grid (Waltham, Massachusetts)
  • Assistant General Counsel, Tecogen, Inc. (Waltham, Massachusetts)

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Judicial Clerkship, United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands (Garapan, MP)
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Maine Supreme Judicial Court (Portland, Maine)
  • Judicial Law Clerk, New Hampshire Judicial Branch (New Hampshire)

Education/academia

  • Post-Graduate Fellowship, National Education Association (Washington, D.C.)

We are incredibly proud of these graduates—it’s hard to believe they’re not even one year into their careers! And we can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Class of 2018.

To the graduates of the past, present, and future, remember: no matter where you end up and what you want to do, New England Law is committed to helping you meet your career goals.

To learn more about New England Law graduate employment outcomes and other statistics, please contact Emily Lospennato, Associate Director of Public Relations, at 617-422-7477 or elospennato@nesl.edu.