Just 68.4% of US grads land jobs that require bar passage

June 1, 2011 The National Association for Legal Career Professionals (‘NALP’) has reported that only 68.4 per cent of 2010 law school graduates were able to land a job requiring that they pass the bar exam, the lowest percentage since the group began collecting statistics.

Another 10.7 percent have jobs that don’t require bar passage but prefer or require a JD, while 8.6 percent are employed in other capacities, reports NALP. The classes of 2009 saw 70.8 per cent of graduates in a jobs requiring bar passage at nine months after graduation, while in 2008 the figure was at 74.7 per cent.

NALP executive director James Leipold said: “The tail of the ‘Great Recession’ is long and there are few bright spots in the employment profile for the class of 2010. Most of the structural weaknesses in the job market faced by the class of 2009 intensified for the class of 2010, and new high- and low-water statistical marks have been set.”

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