June 11, 2012
0Ls, it is not too late to change your mind: No end in sight for law grad job market blues according to NALP
With titles like 'Brutal' Job Market for New Law Grads (Inside Higher Ed) and Two out of three 2011 law school graduates did not get real legal jobs (Inside the Law School Scam) upon the release of selected findings from NALP's Employment Report and Salary Survey for the Class of 2011, you just know the news can't be good. Even NALP's title of its press release, Class of 2011 Law School Grads Face Worst Job Market Yet — Less Than Half Find Jobs in Private Practice is discouraging. Bloomberg News offers a summary of NALP's placement stats in this video clip.
I'm thinking every law school should send the NALP press release to all 0Ls who have been accepted for admission with a note saying "it is not too late to change your mind." [JH]
The problem isn't that there are no jobs out in legal land, it's that there are few jobs that offer six-figure salaries plus benefits right out of law school. As a public county law librarian, I see need everywhere. Any new attorney who has done an intership (and thus has some legal practice experience), can earn a living charging lower legal fees to persons who (rightly so) balk at $200-500/hour fees plus costs. Charge $25-50/hour and you'll have more work than you can handle and a steady paycheck, to boot.
Posted by: Bret | Jun 14, 2012 8:03:48 AM