According to a study by labor economists Michael Simkovic and Frank McIntyre, a law degree increases the present value of lifetime earnings in the . by $1,000,000 compared to a bachelor's degree.      According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average salary for lawyers in 2012 was above $130,000.  Salaries vary by geography, with higher average salaries in big cities—especially New York, Washington, ., Chicago, and Los Angeles—and lower salaries in rural areas. An unpublished table produced by the . Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that unemployment rates among experienced lawyers are lower than those for most high-income occupations.  BLS data also suggests that lawyer employment has grown slightly faster than other occupations, with lawyers comprising a growing share of the work force over the last decade.
Dr. Kimberly Gilligan is currently a nonproliferation specialist in the International Safeguards Group within the Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Gilligan received her . from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY and her . and . from Old Dominion University (ODU), in Norfolk, VA. Gilligan has held several prestigious nonproliferation fellowships, and in 2011 was a fellow at the World Nuclear University in Oxford, United Kingdom. In addition, she has worked in international safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).