Big Classes, Slow Jobs Market Are Bad News for 2012 Grads

, New York Law Journal


Just six in 10 of the 4,967 students who graduated last year from New York state's 15 law schools were able to find full-time, permanent employment requiring bar passage by Feb. 15, according to recently released statistics from the American Bar Association.

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  • Steve

    Andrew, student loans (including law school loans) cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.

  • Andrew

    Although only 6 in 10 lawyers from New York law schools are able to find full-time work that requires bar passage, which can become a big problem when other jobs may pay a lot less. For recent law graduates that have spent a lot of money on their education, getting the right kind of job can make the difference between paying back their debt and filing for bankruptcy. However, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, lawyers are actually forecast to increase in general from the year 2010-2020. The profession is expected to grow at a rate of 10%, which is about as fast as other professions on average. Granted, lawyers struggling to find work may not find this comforting, but job seekers looking for work can use online resources to help them. One of these resources is, which can be very helpful for recent law graduates searching for the right attorney job after law school.

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