Employment In The Legal Profession
Report 2: Recent Graduate Employment - 2010

Report 2: Recent Graduate Employment »

Within nine months of graduation around 90.5% of the newly-minted lawyers either found employment or entered graduate school.

Introduction

NALP's data establishes that the unemployment rate for 2010 law school graduates who sought to enter the job market was 6.2%, and that these graduates overwhelmingly obtained full-time professional employment.

Recent Graduate Employment Facts:

Fact:90.5% of 2010 graduates either found employment or entered graduate school full time within nine months of graduation. 96.7% of the employed 2010 graduates were employed in professional positions and 90.2% of those professional positions were full time.

What is the current status of legal employment for recent law school graduates?

Fact:The unemployment rate for 2010 law school graduates seeking employment was 6.2%, well below the 2010 national unemployment rate of 9.6%.

How has the recession impacted employment for recent law school graduates?

Fact:The unemployment rate for recent graduates increased 2.1% from 2007 to 2010, while the national unemployment rate increased 5% over the same period.

How does employment for 2010 graduates compare to the rest of the decade?

Fact: The unemployment rate for recent law school graduate job seekers increased only 0.9% over the past decade--from 5.3% in 2001 to 6.2% in 2010.

Does the NALP data accurately portray employment of recent law school graduates?

Fact: For each year since 2001, NALP's data has included the employment status for between 91% and 93% of all graduates from ABA-accredited law schools.

 

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National Association for Law Placement, NALP — The Association for Legal Career Professionals

NOTE: NALP's annual publication, Jobs & JDs, has not been released for the Class of 2011. We will update this report with 2011 data once NALP releases Jobs & JDs for the Class of 2011.