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.

2013-2017 Recent Graduate Articling and Other Employment Data

 

University of Toronto Post-Graduate Employment
 Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014Class of 2013
Total Graduates204207200215207
Position Secured at Graduation185190189190198
Seeking Position at Graduation437 65
Other Plans (e.g. further study, non-legal employment)11103163
No response441 31
Employment Types of Employed Graduates
 Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014Class of 2013
Clerkship6.5%6.3%6.9%6.8%5.6%
Government and Public Interest12.9%16.1%13.8%14.6%12.1% 
Private Practice80.1%76.6% 79.4%77.6%82.3% 
Law Practice Program**0.5%1.0%-1.0%-
Practice Areas of Employed Graduates
 Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014Class of 2013
Clerkship12 (6.5%)12 (6.3%)13 (6.9%)13 (6.8%) 11 (5.6%)
Government and Public Interest24 (12.9%)31 (16.1%)26 (13.8%)28 (14.6%)24 (12.1%)
Private Practice
In-house Counsel5 (2.7%)5 (2.6%)6 (3.2%)8 (4.2%)4 (2.0%) 
Full Service Firm109 (58.6%)111 (57.8%)111 (58.7%)94 (49.5%)114 (57.6%)
Aboriginal / Indigenous-1 (0.5%)-2 (1.0%)1 (0.5%)
Business1 (0.5%)1 (0.5%)--1 (0.5%)
Criminal6 (3.2%)6 (3.1%)2 (1.1%)4 (2.1%)5 (2.5%)
Family3 (1.6%)1 (0.5%)1 (0.5%)1 (0.5%)3 (1.5%)
Immigration5 (2.7%)-2 (1.1%)2 (1.0%)3 (1.5%)
Intellectual Property1 (0.5%)5 (2.6%)7 (3.7%)6 (3.1%)9 (4.5%)
Labour and Employment10 (5.5%)4 (2.1%)2 (1.1%)12 (6.3%)6 (3.0%)
Litigation6 (3.2%)10 (5.2%)12 (6.3%)13 (6.8%)14 (7.1%)
Real Estate-1 (0.5%)1 (0.5%)2 (1.0%)1 (0.5%)
Tax--2 (1.1%)2 (1.0%)2 (1.0%)
Other Practice Area 3 (1.6%)2 (1.0%)4 (2.1%)2 (1.0%)-
Law Practice Program1 (0.5%)2 (1.0%)-2 (1.0%)-
Geographic Destinations of University of Toronto Law Graduates
 Class of 2017Class of 2016Class of 2015Class of 2014Class of 2013
Alberta2 (1.1%)3 (1.6%)4 (2.1%)8 (4.2%)6 (3.0%)
British Columbia12 (6.5%)10 (5.3%)7 (3.7%)6 (3.2%)5 (2.5%)
Ontario
Toronto141 (75.8%)147 (77.4%)160 (84.7%)156 (82.1%)157 (79.3%)
Ottawa2 (1.1%)5 (2.6%)5 (2.6%)6 (3.2%)10 (5.1%)
Other 7 (3.7%)7 (3.7%)4 (2.1%)6 (3.2%)6 (3.0%)
New York City20 (10.8%)15 (7.9%)8 (4.2%)5 (2.6%)8 (4.0%)
Other2 (1.1%)3 (1.6%)1 (0.5%)3 (1.6%)6 (3.0%)

*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.

2013-2017 2L Summer Employment Data

University of Toronto 2L Summer Employment Data
 Summer 2017Summer 2016Summer 2015Summer 2014Summer 2013
Total Number of Students Finishing 2nd Year Law225208214198226
Number of Students with Summer Employment Plans Confirmed194 (96.5%)*196 (97.5%)*183 (94.3%)*187 (95.4%)*184 (90%)*
Number of Students with Other Confirmed Plans**2153-
No response2476222
No position at time of data collection5420620

* 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 2017Summer 2016Summer 2015Summer 2014Summer 2013
Faculty18 (9.3%)23 (11.7%)19 (10.4%)22 (11.8%)23 (12.5%)
Government17 (8.8%)16 (8.2%)16 (8.7%)20 (10.7%)19 (10.3%)
Private Practice143 (73.7%)140 (71.4%)135 (73.8%)123 (65.8%)123 (66.8%)
Public Interest and Other*16 (8.2%)17 (8.7%)13 (7.1%)22 (11.8%)19 (10.3%)

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