Friday, August 7, 2015

NALP Releases Positive Attorney Jobs Report

NALP recently released its "Selected Findings from the Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2014."

The good news:
  • the employment rate for 2014 graduates rose over 2 percentage points compared to the class of 2013, the first increase since 2007
  • the percentage of employed gradutes in JD required or JD Advantage jobs also increased
The bad news:
  • the actual number of jobs obtained by the class of 2014 was actually smaller than that in 2013;  the smaller graduating class size accounted for the increased employment rate
  • because the ABA shifted the "as of" reporting date from Feb. 15 to March 15, these results may slightly overstate the success of graduates compared with 2013
The future:
  • with class sizes continuing to decline, the percentage of graduates finding employment should continue to rise, as long as there is not a setback in the slowly recovering job market
I'll take the good news. With LSAT takers up and a positive jobs report, it's a nice change of pace from the law-school news of last 5 years or so.

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