Friday, June 22, 2012
The Great Recession has wreaked havoc on the job market for law school graduates, but newly released data from the ABA paints a bleaker picture about entry-level employment than previously thought. Slightly more than half of the Class of 2011 — 55% — had found full-time, permanent jobs as lawyers nine months after graduation. It was the worst job market in more than 30 years, according to the National Association for Law Placement. The employment outlook wasn't looking much better for the Class of 2012, but official figures won't be released until next year.
For many 2011 graduates of Illinois law schools the job market was dismal. DePaul, IIT Chicago-Kent, John Marshall, Northern Illinois, Loyola and the University of Illinois did not meet the national average of 55% full-time employment.