More on Dismal Employment Rates for Law School Grads

by Ed Whelan

According to this National Law Journal article, new employment figures released by the American Bar Association show that nine months after graduation only 55% of law school graduates in the class of 2011 had “found full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage.” The ABA data is available here, both by law school and in the aggregate. (There is of course a lot of variation among the law schools’ rates.)

The real situation may be even worse than the 55% figure conveys. NLJ also reports that the data shows that 27 law schools—including Chicago, U. Va. and Yale—“had 10 percent or more of their 2011 graduates on their payroll.” (See my post on a previous NLJ article exploring whether elite law schools have been gaming the data.)

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