US law school grads face uncertain job market

February 16, 2010 Law school admissions in the US rose 5 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to the Law School Admission Council. Some 151,400 people sat for law school entrance exams last year, and more than 51,000 entered law school.

But in this economy, recent law school grads are finding that degree doesn't come with guarantees.

"After graduation, I think as many as 20 to 25 percent of my (classmates) were laid off. Either they had (job) offers taken back, or they worked a few months and then were laid off," said Sarah Laird, who graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 2008, just as the economy was beginning to tank and her classmates were beginning to notice that lucrative job offers from big corporate law firms weren't rolling in as expected.

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