Among the many informative sessions at last week’s NALP Annual Conference was a Q&A with members of the American Bar Association, in which the ABA gave a sneak peek at the most recent law school employment statistics. How has the law school class of 2014 fared since graduating? The short answer: A little better than their predecessors, but mostly because the number of law school grads shrank from the previous year. Here’s a quick and dirty look at the numbers:
So the modest improvement in hiring is mostly due to the lower number of legal job-seekers, as opposed to an increase in available jobs. (In fact, it was the opposite for every category besides government jobs.) But hey, anything that brings the overall unemployment number down is good news in this universe, where a 2010 law grad can be $328,000 in debt and work at Cracker Barrel.
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