2012 law school grads finding more full-time jobs – barely

April 1, 2013
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The American Bar Association recently released its employment figures on the class of 2012, and the numbers are looking up in some categories. The bad news is more recent grads are unemployed.

Law schools reported that 56.2 percent of graduates were employed in long-term, full-time positions where bar passage was required. This is up 1.3 percent as compared to the class of 2011.

In 2011, 43,979 people graduated from law school; last year, 46,364 people earned their law degrees.

But overall, the number of graduates working in a job that requires a Juris Doctor dropped by half a percentage point. Jobs that required a J.D. that were long-term part-time, or short-term full-time or part-time all saw drops in employment as compared to the 2011 class. Short-term is defined as a job with a definite term of less than a year; a part-time position requires 35 hours per week or less of work.

More recent grads are also looking for jobs: those reported as unemployed rose 1.4 percent.

Modest employment gains were made in law firm positions and government jobs.

The data is collected from law schools about students nine months after graduation and was reported to the ABA by March 15. The ABA breaks down the numbers in an easy-to-read chart.  
 

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  1. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

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