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Southern University Law Center had trouble reporting to the ABA, so does not yet have any data.[Updated.]
- The ABA format is different this year. We convinced the ABA to open up a bit about the school-funded jobs. Now, you can see what kind of credentials each school-funded job required. For example, you can see how many of the school-funded jobs were long-term, full-time bar passage required.
- Likewise with the "Education" category; the "Academic" category is now "Education"
- With the ABA data change, we can now know exactly how many school-funded jobs are in the Employment Score. However, we did not remove these. I will explain this decision in more detail later, but we will be adding a toggle button soon so you can toggle the inclusion on/off.
According to class of 2012 data from 200 law schools:
Full-time, Long-Term Legal Jobs:
- These jobs:
- require bar passage or are judicial clerkships; and
- are for at least 35 hours per week and have an expected duration of at least one year.
- At 66 law schools (33.0%), less than 50% of graduates had these legal jobs.
- 26 schools (13.0%) had less than 40%
- 11 schools (5.5%) had less than 33%
- 95 schools (47.5%) exceeded the national rate of 56.2%.
- 50 schools (25.0%) had more than 66%
- 20 schools (10.0%) had more than 75%
- 6 schools (3.0%) had more than 90%
- The national full-time, long-term legal rate (less school-funded jobs) is 55.1%.
- Excluding school-funded jobs mostly only helped schools at the top end.
- Five of the six schools over 90% drop below that threshold; two of those five drop below 80%.
Underemployed or Not Employed:
- A graduate counts as underemployed when he or she in a non-professional job or employed in a short-term or part-time job.
- A graduate counts as not employed when he or she is unemployed or pursuing an additional advanced degree.
- The national rate is 27.7%.
- 187 schools (93.5%) reported a rate greater than 10%.
- 153 schools (76.5%) had more than 20%
- 111 schools (56.0%) had more than 25%
- 58 schools (29.0%) had more than 33%
- 27 schools (13.6%) had more than 40%
- 8 schools (4%) had more than 50%
- 24 schools had more underemployed and non-employed graduates than graduates employed in long-term, full-time legal jobs.
Large Firms (at least 101 attorneys):
- 12.2% of graduates were employed at large firms in full-time, long-term positions
- Graduates seek these jobs in part because they’re the jobs that tend to pay the highest salaries.
- Note that not all of these jobs are associate positions. An unknown number are paralegals, administrators, and staff attorneys.
- At only 51 schools (25.5%) were more than 10% in these jobs.
- 27 schools (13.5%)had more than 20%
- 14 schools (7.0%) had more than 33%
- 8 (4.0%) schools had more than 50%