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Fall 2009 Admissions and Enrollment Statistics  
Total number of full- and part-time applicants 4,580
Total number of full- and part-time acceptances 1,955
Overall acceptance rate 42.7%
Total number of full- and part-time first-year students enrolled 311
Number of full-time program applicants 4,099
Number of full-time program acceptances 1,826
Full-time acceptance rate 44.5%
Number of first-year full-time students enrolled 235
Number of part-time program applicants 481
Number of part-time program acceptances 129
Part-time acceptance rate 26.8%
Number of first-year part-time students enrolled 76
Fall 2009 GPA and LSAT Scores  
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 3.03-3.59
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 157-161
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for full-time students 3.11-3.61
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for full-time students 157-161
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for part-time students 2.88-3.43
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for part-time students 156-159

Careers: Santa Clara University

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2008 administrations)  
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
School's bar passage rate for first-time test takers 78.5%
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 70.7%
Class of 2008 Graduates  
Total graduates 297
Graduates employed at graduation 79.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 92.6%
Starting Salaries of 2008 Graduates Employed Full-time  
25th percentile private sector starting salary $80,000
Median private sector starting salary $145,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 59%
Median public service starting salary $56,000
Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2008)  
Percent employed in academia 1.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 26.0%
Percent employed in government 9.0%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 2.0%
Percent employed in law firms 57.0%
Percent employed in public interest 4.0%
Percent employed in an unknown field 1.0%
Percent employed in a judicial clerkship by an Article III federal judge 2.0%
2008 Graduates Employment Location  
Graduates employed in-state 90%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 13
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.4%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 2.5%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.9%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.4%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 2.5%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.4%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 90.8%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.1%
Employment location unknown 0.0%
Career Services  
(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations The Career Services Office helps students identify and connect with prospective employers. Services include individual career counseling, workshops on job search strategies, an online alumni database for networking, an annual public interest career and information fair, on-campus interviews, and off-campus job fairs. Current employment statistics are on the school website:
Job Type  
Bar admission required or anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 72.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 14.0%
Professional/other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 11.0%
Nonprofessional/other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 2.0%

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