The law school is proud of all its graduates and is enriched by their many different career choices. Our graduates feature prominently both in and outside the legal profession and are leading figures in judicial, political and academic circles in Canada and internationally.

Our students enjoy an excellent success rate in securing summer positions with Canadian law firms, including full-service firms, boutique firms, government agencies, and other organizations.  Each year, approximately 95% of the graduating class has secured an articling placement by June.

2012-2016 Recent Graduate Articling and Other Employment Data

 

University of Toronto Post-Graduate Employment
 Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014Class of 2013Class of 2012
Total Graduates207200215207210
Position Secured at Graduation190189190198190
Seeking Position at Graduation37 6513
Other Plans (e.g. further study, non-legal employment)10 3 1634
No response41 313
Employment Types of Employed Graduates
 Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014Class of 2013Class of 2012
Clerkship6.3%6.9%6.8%5.6%6.8%
Government and Public Interest16.1%13.8%14.6%12.1% 12.6%
Private Practice76.6% 79.4%77.6%82.3%  80.5%
Law Practice Program1.0%-1.0%-n/a
Practice Areas of Employed Graduates
 Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014Class of 2013Class of 2012
Clerkship12 (6.3%)13 (6.9%)13 (6.8%) 11 (5.6%)13 (6.8%)
Government and Public Interest31 (16.1%)26 (13.8%)28 (14.6%)24 (12.1%)24 (12.6%)
Private Practice
In-house Counsel5 (2.6%)6 (3.2%)8 (4.2%)4 (2.0%) 2 (1.1%)
Full Service Firm111 (57.8%)111 (58.7%)94 (49.5%)114 (57.6%)114 (60.0%)
Aboriginal / Indigenous1 (0.5%)-2 (1.0%)1 (0.5%)-
Business1 (0.5%)--1 (0.5%)1 (0.5%)
Criminal6 (3.1%)2 (1.1%)4 (2.1%)5 (2.5%)4 (2.1%)
Family1 (0.5%)1 (0.5%)1 (0.5%)3 (1.5%)-
Immigration-2 (1.1%)2 (1.0%)3 (1.5%)2 (1.1%)
Intellectual Property5 (2.6%)7 (3.7%)6 (3.1%)9 (4.5%)6 (3.2%)
Labour and Employment4 (2.1%)2 (1.1%)12 (6.3%)6 (3.0%)7 (3.7%)
Litigation10 (5.2%)12 (6.3%)13 (6.8%)14 (7.1%)16 (8.4%)
Real Estate1 (0.5%)1 (0.5%)2 (1.0%)1 (0.5%)-
Tax-2 (1.1%)2 (1.0%)2 (1.0%)1 (0.5%)
Other Practice Area 2 (1.0%)4 (2.1%)2 (1.0%)--
Law Practice Program2 (1.0%)-2 (1.0%)-n/a
Geographic Destinations of University of Toronto Law Graduates
 Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014Class of 2013Class of 2012
Alberta3 (1.6%)4 (2.1%)8 (4.2%)6 (3.0%)4 (2.1%)
British Columbia10 (5.3%)7 (3.7%)6 (3.2%)5 (2.5%)8 (4.2%)
Ontario
Toronto147 (77.4%)160 (84.7%)155 (82.1%)157 (79.3%)147 (77.4%)
Ottawa5 (2.6%)5 (2.6%)6 (3.2%)10 (5.1%)8 (4.2%)
Other 7 (3.7%)4 (2.1%)6 (3.2%)6 (3.0%)7 (3.7%)
New York City15 (7.9%)8 (4.2%)5 (2.6%)8 (4.0%)11 (5.8%)
Other3 (1.6%)1 (0.5%)3 (1.6%)6 (3.0%)5 (2.6%)

*The vast majority of student responses were obtained prior to graduation. To maximize response rates, the Career Development Office sought responses from non-responders for a sustained period after graduation. Some responses therefore reflect employment status as much as four months post - graduation.

2012-2016 2L Summer Employment Data

University of Toronto 2L Summer Employment Data
 Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014Class of 2013Class of 2012
Total Number of Students Finishing 2nd Year Law208214198226214
Number of Students with Summer Employment Plans Confirmed196 (97.5%)*183 (94.3%)*187 (95.4%)*184 (90%)*188 (94%)*
Number of Students with Other Confirmed Plans**153--
No response***7622214
No position at time of data collection***42062012

* Percentage based on number of students who responded.

** Other includes travel, study, volunteering and non-employment related data.

*** The mix of “ no response” and “no position” responses for 2012 is estimated based on the ratio of “no response” to “no position” responses in 2013. No distinction was made in the collection of data in 2012.

Employment Types of Employed Students (Among Respondents)
 Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014Class of 2013Class of 2012
Faculty23 (11.7%)19 (10.4%)22 (11.8%)23 (12.5%)18 (9.6%)
Government16 (8.2%)16 (8.7%)20 (10.7%)19 (10.3%)17 (9.0%)
Private Practice135 (73.8%)135 (73.8%)123 (65.8%)123 (66.8%)129 (68.6%)
Public Interest and Other*17 (8.7%)13 (7.1%)22 (11.8%)19 (10.3%)24 (12.8%)

*Other includes in-house and non-legal summer employment .