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Good news for new lawyers: Fewer grads mean better job prospects, report shows

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 1, 2015

The job outlook for new lawyers is improving, recent figures show.

That may have as much to do with fewer law school graduates looking for work than to any actual improvement in the job market for entry-level lawyers.

Nearly 60 percent of all 2014 law school graduates were employed in full-time, long-term legal jobs, requiring bar passage as of March 15, according to data released Wednesday by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

That’s up nearly 3 percent from last year, when 57 percent of all 2013 law school graduates held full-time, long-term legal jobs requiring a law license nine months after graduation.

Another 11.2 percent of all 2014 graduates were employed in full-time, long-term jobs in which a law degree is preferred, which was up 1.1 percent from the class of 2013, when 10.1 percent of all graduates held such jobs.

Read the whole story at ABA Journal

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