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Law School Grad Employment Rates Up

CAMBRIDGE, MA - MAY 26, 2011: Students of Harvard University gather for their graduation ceremonies on Commencement Day on May 26, 2011 in Cambridge, MA.

August 2, 2015

The plunge in law school attendees has led to good news for recent grads: 87 percent of last year’s class found jobs, a slight increase from those who graduated in 2013. The class of 2014 actually found fewer total jobs, but its class size was six percent smaller than that of 2013, leading to improved numbers. “[I]t is clear that the shrinking class size did indeed have a positive impact on the overall employment rate,” said James Leipold, executive director of the National Association of Law Placement. “[T]hat is a dynamic that will likely continue to be in play for the next three graduating classes, each of which is projected to continue to come down in size in fairly dramatic steps.” For the class of 2014, 50.9 percent found jobs in private practice, slightly lower than the 51.1 percent of 2013 grads landing in similar jobs.

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