Law Schools

Which recent law grads earn the most?

Recent graduates of Columbia Law School make the most money, according to a website that allows users to compare their salaries with workers in the same jobs.

Columbia law grads working in the private sector earn median early-career pay of about $165,000 and median mid-career pay of $187,000, according to Forbes has the story. looked at the median salaries for law school graduates of 98 law schools, according to Forbes, which had sought the analysis. About 31,000 graduates of the schools had provided salary information to, and 9,100 were law grads working in the private sector with less than five years of experience. (Previous coverage of’s findings has pointed out the sample size for recent grads is relatively small on a per-school basis.)

The top five for median private sector salaries paid to early-career and mid-career grads are:

1) Columbia: $165,000 and $187,000

2) Stanford: $147,000 and $202,000

3) University of Chicago: $132,000 and $204,000

4) Harvard: $130,000 and $221,000

5) University of Virginia; $109,000 and $192,000

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