Average Salary for Thomas M. Cooley Law School Alumni

Thomas M. Cooley Law School is based in Lansing. The data for this snapshot was collected from Thomas M. Cooley Law School graduates who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Thomas M. Cooley Law School Alumni

Median Salary by Job

Job
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Attorney / Lawyer
13 salaries
$62,168  
   
Associate Attorney
10 salaries
$55,000  
General Counsel
3 salaries
$80,000  
Managing Attorney
2 salaries
$73,000  
Entry-Level Attorney
2 salaries
$52,500  
Contract Specialist
2 salaries
$71,500  
Senior Counsel
2 salaries
$157,975  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
United States (change)

About This School

300 S Capitol Ave
Lansing, MI 48901


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Industry

Graduates of Thomas M. Cooley Law School work in a variety of sectors including law, the law office industry, and the banking industry. The most popular career sector among alumni is the legal services industry. The manufacturing industry is not a popular industry for Thomas M. Cooley Law School grads, and less than five percent of them wind up in the field. The average starting salary for a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School is approximately $66K.

Gender

Male graduates do tend to earn more than female graduates; the first group banks $72K per year, but the second group takes home only $57K.

Jobs

Thomas M. Cooley Law School grads who become Senior Counsels garner financial rewards beyond any other job type for this group — these alumni rake in around $158K annually. However, General Counsels and Managing Attorneys also rank as top-earners (bringing in $93K and about $73K, respectively). Prosecutors pick up $52K in financial rewards, representing the lowest-paid position among alumni.

Locations

Home to a large number of Thomas M. Cooley Law School alums, Detroit is by far the most attractive city for these former students. Another city that attracts a wealth of Thomas M. Cooley Law School grads is St. Joseph; given its high compensation (about $155K is the average salary), the city's popularity should come as no surprise. On the other end, Thomas M. Cooley Law School grads flock to Troy, which actually offers the weakest median salaries of $63K. Graduates also relocate to Grand Rapids and New York.

Degree Major

Thomas M. Cooley Law School grads who fare the best in terms of salary hold a Doctor of Law (JD) and earn $81K per year. A law degree is less advantageous in terms of earnings; alums with this degree are the lowest earners with annual pay of $41K.

Skills

Thomas M. Cooley Law School grads with Contract Management experience garner salaries that are 49 percent more than other grads' salaries. More than a third of Thomas M. Cooley Law School grads wind up using Legal Research at their job, which is one of the most common skills among alumni. Competency in Litigation Case Management, Legal Compliance, and Client Interaction also warrants excellent retribution.

Benefits and Perks

Benefits include paid time off, but vacation days are more heavily handed out than sick days; a majority of graduates report receiving the former, but only one in four survey participants report receiving the latter. Health benefits extend to a solid majority of alums, and a majority of the survey participants also receive dental coverage. In an effort to save up for the years ahead, the greater part of grads contribute to a 401(k). Thomas M. Cooley Law School graduates also take advantage of a casual working environment, life insurance, a company-subsidized cell phone, and tuition reimbursement.

Related Schools

Among alumni of similar schools, William Mitchell College of Law grads (who make an average of around $66K) earn salaries most similar to Thomas M. Cooley Law School alumni. The John Marshall Law School, Albany Law School, and New York Law School are also similar to Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Key Stats for Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %
Salary
$39,364 - $79,626
Salary
$50,928 - $100,951
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

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