Where do law graduates find out about jobs?
- Job fair/Consortia
- Job posted online or in print
- Fall on-campus interview
- Job posting
- Return to prior internship
- Temp agency
- Spring on-campus interview
Recruiters hiring on campuses in Fall 2014 said they made a median of 35 offers, up from 16 in 2009. Source: Bloomberg Business
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Where are law graduates working? As of March 2015, 71% of 2014 grads were employed in bar-passage-required or JD-advantage jobs.
Law firms come in different shapes and sizes. Over half of all grads work in private practice. Of those who are practicing law, The NALP Class of 2013 National Summary Report shows that 215 work in firms with 500+ lawyers. In firms with 500+ lawyers, jobs have increased each year since 2011. And 42% work in firms with 2—10 lawyers.
The JD Advantage—Not Just For Lawyers
A JD continues to prove beneficial as law-related careers diversify.
- 51.1% are in private practice
- 10.6 % are in government
- 9.0% are judicial clerks
- 7.1% work in public interest
- 2.6% work in academics
The number of law graduates working in business has steadily increased over the last decade and reached a historic high of 18.4%.
Law graduates are working in unique positions and fields where a JD proves very advantageous, including corporate contracts administrator, government regulatory analyst, investment banks and consulting firms, compliance work in business and industry, law firm professional development, doctors or nurses working in a litigation, insurance, or risk-management setting. (source: American Bar Association)
Law graduates in the US—Where are they?
19.8% come from west including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.
18.4% come from the great lakes and central regions including North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
12.8% come from the mid-south including Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
25.2% come from the northeast including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
22.7% come from the southeast including North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.