Indiana law schools’ 2020 graduates finding full-time law jobs

As the American Bar Association releases job numbers that show the class of 2020 is struggling to find work, graduates of IU Maurer and Notre Dame outperformed the national rate while IU McKinney graduates topped their colleagues in the class of 2019.

Ten months after graduation, 69.9% of all 2020 law graduates were employed in full-time, long-term jobs that required bar passage. Another 7.5% had full-time, long-term JD-advantage jobs.

Comparatively, 72.1% of the class of 2019 had full-time, long-term positions that required bar passage and 8.5% had JD-advantage work.

Graduates of both Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Notre Dame Law School topped the national data for full-time, long-term employment.

Of the 2020 graduates of IU Maurer, 71.9% were employed in jobs that required bar passage and 9.2% landed positions where a JD degree was an advantage. At Notre Dame, 79% of the class of 2020 obtained work that required bar passage but just 4.5% landed JD-advantage jobs.

Ten months after the May 2019 commencement, 77.3% of IU Maurer graduates had full-time, long-terms jobs that required bar passage. Likewise, graduates of Notre Dame posted 86.0% employment rate in the same kind of jobs.

Also, 6.3% of IU Maurer and 2.6% of Notre Dame 2019 graduates were hired for full-time, long-term JD-advantage work.

IU McKinney 2020 graduates turned in an employment rate of 67.4% for full-time, long-term bar passage required jobs and 11.4% for JD-advantage positions 10 months after graduation. Of the 2019 graduates, 60.7% landed similar bar passage required positions and 17.1% secured JD-advantage work.

Nationally, 8.3% of the 2020 law school graduates were unemployed and seeking positions. This compares to the class of 2019 which posted an unemployment rate of 6.4%.

IU Maurer turned in a 2020 unemployment rate of 10.5%, IU McKinney 8.1% and Notre Dame 7.5%. The 2019 rates for unemployed and seeking work were 8.5% for IU Maurer, 6.4% for IU McKinney, and 4.1% for Notre Dame.

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