Employment Statistics and Trends
The employment chart represents data reported to the ABA in March 2012 and reflects employment status as of February 15, 2012. 

[ See also: Employment Statistics and Trends 2012-2013 ]

Statistics available on this page include:

Class of 2011 Employment Report at 9 Months After Graduation
Harrisburg Campus [ DOWNLOAD A PDF OF 2011 ABA REPORT ]

EMPLOYMENT STATUS

TOTAL
NUMBER

FULL TIME
LONG TERM

FULL TIME
SHORT TERM

PART TIME
LONG TERM

PART TIME
SHORT TERM

Employed - Bar Passage Required

60/48.4%

55

1

3

1

Employed - JD Advantage

18/14.5%

17

1

0

0

Employed - Professional Position

10/8%

9

0

1

0

Employed - Non-Professional Position

6/4.8%

1

0

3

2

Employed - Undeterminable

1/0.8%

1

0

0

0

Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time

1/0.8%





Unemployed - Start Date Deferred

0/0.0%





Unemployed - Not Seeking

15/12.1%





Unemployed - Seeking

6/5%





Employment Status Unknown

7/5.6%





Total graduates

124/100%





LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITION

NUMBER

FULL TIME
LONG TERM

FULL TIME
SHORT TERM

PART TIME
LONG TERM

PART TIME
SHORT TERM

Of Employed - Law School/University Funded Short Term

0

0

0

0

0


EMPLOYMENT TYPE

TOTAL
NUMBER

FULL TIME
LONG TERM

FULL TIME
SHORT TERM

PART TIME
LONG TERM

PART TIME
SHORT TERM

Law Firms






Solo

7

5

0

2

0

2 - 10 Attorneys

21

19

0

1

1

11 - 25 Attorneys

5

5

0

0

0

26 - 50 Attorneys

0

0

0

0

0

51 - 100 Attorneys

1

1

0

0

0

101 - 250 Attorneys

1

1

0

0

0

251 - 500 Attorneys

0

0

0

0

0

501 + Attorneys

0

0

0

0

0

Unknown Size

7

7

0

0

0

Business & industry

18

12

1

3

2

Government

13

13

0

0

0

Public Interest (including Public Defenders)

9

8

1

0

0

Federal Judicial Clerkships

1

1

0

0

0

State & local Judicial Clerkships

9

9

0

0

0

Other Clerkships

0

0

0

0

0

Academia

2

1

0

1

0

Employer type unknown

1

1

0

0

0

Total

95

83

2

7

3



EMPLOYMENT LOCATION

STATE

NUMBER

State - Largest Employer

Pennsylvania

77

State - 2nd Largest Employer

New Jersey

4

State - 3rd Largest Employer

District of Columbia

3



Class of 2011 Employment Report at 9 Months After Graduation
Delaware Campus [ DOWNLOAD A PDF OF 2011 ABA REPORT ]

EMPLOYMENT STATUS

TOTAL
NUMBER

FULL TIME
LONG TERM

FULL TIME
SHORT TERM

PART TIME
LONG TERM

PART TIME
SHORT TERM

Employed - Bar Passage Required

128/50.8%

119

5

2

2

Employed - JD Advantage

26/10.3%

19

2

4

1

Employed - Professional Position

29/11.5%

22

2

2

3

Employed - Non-Professional Position

7/2.8%

0

1

0

6

Employed - Undetermined

6/2.4%

6

0

0

0

Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time

7/2.8%





Unemployed - Start Date Deferred

0/0.0%





Unemployed - Not Seeking

7/2.8%





Unemployed - Seeking

20/7.9%





Employment Status Unknown

22/8.7%





Total graduates

252/100%





* A graduate in undertiminable category may or may not have a term defined.

LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITION

NUMBER

FULL TIME
LONG TERM

FULL TIME
SHORT TERM

PART TIME
LONG TERM

PART TIME
SHORT TERM

Of Employed - Law School/University Funded Short Term

0

0

0

0

0


EMPLOYMENT TYPE

TOTAL
NUMBER

FULL TIME
LONG TERM

FULL TIME
SHORT TERM

PART TIME
LONG TERM

PART TIME
SHORT TERM

Law Firms






Solo

7

6

0

1

0

2 - 10 Attorneys

64

54

4

4

2

11 - 25 Attorneys

13

13

0

0

0

26 - 50 Attorneys

6

5

1

0

0

51 - 100 Attorneys

3

3

0

0

0

101 - 250 Attorneys

0

0

0

0

0

251 - 500 Attorneys

0

0

0

0

0

501 + Attorneys

0

0

0

0

0

Unknown Size

4

3

0

1

0

Business & industry

33

21

3

1

8

Government

16

15

1

0

0

Public Interest (including Public Defenders)

8

7

0

0

1

Federal Judicial Clerkships

0

0

0

0

0

State & local Judicial Clerkships

34

34

0

0

0

Other Clerkships

0

0

0

0

0

Academia

6

4

0

1

1

Employer type unknown

2

1

1

0

0

Total

196

166

10

8

12



EMPLOYMENT LOCATION

STATE

NUMBER

State - Largest Employer

Pennsylvania

104

State - 2nd Largest Employer

New Jersey

37

State - 3rd Largest Employer

Delaware

35



Based on survey respondents, graduates of the Class of 2011 had a 92% employment/advanced degree program participation rate.This rate includes full and part time legal, law-related and non-legal positions as well as advanced degree program participation within nine months of graduation.
Calculation method: (employed + advanced degree) / (Total graduates) - (unknown + not seeking work)

CLASS OF 2011 EMPLOYMENT: Delaware & Harrisburg Campuses CombinedBased on the 291 Employed Graduates

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One employment trend for Widener graduates shows that a larger percentage of Widener's employed graduates obtain judicial clerkships than do employed graduates nationally. A judicial clerkship is a position with a sitting judge, usually for a term of one year, where a law graduate works closely with the judge on his or her cases. Judicial clerkships are highly sought after positions because they offer an outstanding opportunity to enrich a graduate's legal training under the tutelage of a judge. Many legal employers prefer to hire graduates who have had judicial clerkships.

Employer Locations

  • Pennsylvania 63%
  • Delaware 13%
  • New Jersey 14%
  • Maryland 1%
  • New York 2%

Other graduates are located in Alabama, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, Europe