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, 95% or more of graduating students seeking an articling position have secured one by June.

2014-2019 Recent Graduate Articling and Other Employment Data

University of Toronto Post-Graduate Employment
 Class of 2019Class of 2018Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014
Total Graduates220 214204207200215
Positions Secured at Graduation

205

 196185190189190
Seeking Positions at Graduation2 3437 6
Other Plans (e.g. further study, non-legal employment)7 101110316
No response6 5441 3
Employment Types of Employed Graduates
 Class of 2019Class of 2018Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014
Clerkship5% 7% 6.5%6.3%6.9%6.8%
Government and Public Interest 14%12.75% 12.9%16.1%13.8%14.6%
Private Practice79.5% 80.1% 80.1%76.6% 79.4%77.6%
Law Practice Program** 1.5% 0.5%0.5%1.0%-1.0%
Practice Areas of Employed Graduates
 Class of 2019Class of 2018Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014
Clerkship 5%7% 6.5%6.3%6.9%6.8%
Government and Public Interest 14%12.75% 12.9%16.1%13.8%14.6%
Private Practice
In-house Counsel1%  1.5%2.7%2.6%3.2%4.2%
Full Service Firm57%53.5%58.6%57.8%58.7%49.5%
Aboriginal / Indigenous- --0.5%-1.0%
Business4% 0.5%0.5%0.5%--
Criminal2%3.2%3.2%3.1%1.1%2.1%
Family2% 1.6%1.6%0.5%0.5%0.5%
Immigration1.5%  -2.7%-1.1%1.0%
Intellectual Property 2% 3.1%0.5%2.6%3.7%3.1%
Labour and Employment4% 5.5%5.5%2.1%1.1%6.3%
Litigation3%  3.1%3.2%5.2%6.3%6.8%
Real Estate 0.5% --0.5%0.5%1.0%
Tax 1.5% 1%--1.1%1.0%
Other Practice Area  1% -1.6%1.0%2.1%1.0%
Law Practice Program 1.5% 0.5%0.5%1.0%-1.0%
Geographic Destinations of University of Toronto Law Graduates
 Class of 2019Class of 2018Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014
Alberta1% 3.1%1.1%1.6%2.1%4.2%
British Columbia1.5% 4.6%6.5%5.3%3.7%3.2%
Ontario
Toronto84% 77.6%75.8%77.4%84.7%82.1%
Ottawa2% 1.5%1.1%2.6%2.6%3.2%
Other 3% 1%3.7%3.7%2.1%3.2%
New York City8% 8.7%10.8%7.9%4.2%2.6%
Other0.5% 1%1.1%1.6%0.5%1.6%

*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.

**The Law Practice Program (LPP) was introduced by the Law Society of Ontario in September 2014 as an alternative to the traditional articling program. Students who selected the LPP are included in the post-graduate employment statistics as “other” rather than “position secured”; however, for clarity, they are listed in Employment Types and Practice Areas tables.

2014-2019 2L Summer Employment Data

University of Toronto 2L Summer Employment Data
 Summer 2019Summer 2018Summer 2017Summer 2016Summer 2015Summer 2014
Total Number of Students Finishing 2nd Year Law 198 228225208214198
Number of Students with Summer Employment Plans Confirmed

186
(96%)

 201
(93.5%)
194 (96.5%)*196 (97.5%)*183 (94.3%)*187 (95.4%)*
Number of Students with Other Confirmed Plans** 4 52153
No response 5 824762
No position at time of data collection 3 1454206

* Percentage based on number of students who responded.

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

 

Employment Types of Employed Students (Among Respondents)
 Summer 2019Summer 2018Summer 2017Summer 2016Summer 2015Summer 2014
Faculty 7.5%10.4%9.3%11.7%10.4%11.8%
Government9% 9.95%8.8%8.2%8.7%10.7%
Private Practice78% 73.5%73.7%71.4%73.8%65.8%
Public Interest and Other*6% 6.5%8.2%8.7%7.1%11.8%

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