If you graduated from law school in 2006, then you probably are too busy working to read this post.
That’s because nearly 91 percent of grads gained employment within the first year.
The Association for Legal Career Professions says the employment market for new lawyers has remained relatively strong and stable for about a decade. (I’ll let you decide why that is … more lawsuits, more crime, more politicians?)
But not all the new attorneys are making big bucks. Only 14 percent were making more than $135,000 a year. Four in ten were earning $55,000 or less.
* 75 percent got jobs for which passage of the bar was required.
* Just 2 percent were pursuing an advanced degree like an LLM
* The most common employment setting was private practice within a law firm.
* Public service employment, like public defenders and government jobs, accounted for 27 percent of jobs.
* Women were more likely to take government, judicial clerkship and public interest jobs.
What do you think? Do we need more lawyers, and do they get the respect they deserve?
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Susan Simpson, Education Writer