Law Grads Face Tough Job Market

Employment amongst law students who graduated in 2011 hits record low, according to a survey by the National Association for Law Placement. The survey revealed that the employment rate for the class of 2011 was 85.6%, the lowest rate since 1994. The rate has dropped each year since 2008.

Also, only 65.4% of jobs required passage of a state bar – the lowest percentage ever measured by the NALP. The survey also showed that 49.5% of employed grads had jobs in private practice and 18.1% were employed in business. Of those employed in business, 11% worked through staffing firms.

The NALP’s survey measures the employment rate for law school grads nine months after a typical May graduation.