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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Merritt:  What Happened To The Law School Class Of 2010?

Deborah Jones Merritt (Ohio State), What Happened to the Class of 2010? Empirical Evidence of Structural Change in the Legal Profession, 2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1043:

Poor employment outcomes have plagued law school graduates for several years. Legal scholars have debated whether these outcomes stem from macroeconomic cycles or from fundamental changes in the market for legal services. This Article examines that question empirically, using a database of employment outcomes for more than 1,200 lawyers who received their JDs in 2010. The analysis offers strong evidence of structural shifts in the legal market. Job outcomes have improved only marginally for the Class of 2010, those outcomes contrast sharply with results for earlier classes, and law firm jobs have dropped markedly. In addition to discussing these results, the Article examines correlations between job outcomes and gender, law school prestige, and geography. In a concluding section, it offers four predictions about the future of the legal market and the economics of legal education.

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But, but, but Simkovic PROVED otherwise!

Posted by: Jojo | Jan 10, 2017 6:06:05 AM

"Some Work in Pest Control, Lingerie Sales. In one famous case, a working lawyer quit her job when she realized she could make more money as a stripper." ~ Michael Rivero, whatreallyhappened.

Had she become a hooker, I would STILL have more respect for her; Better service, less hourly.

Posted by: ~ Occams | Jan 10, 2017 7:47:43 AM

Time to lance the boil and squeeze the pus out.

Posted by: Art Deco | Jan 11, 2017 11:15:53 AM

I dunno......the numbers are holding up reasonably well, considering what's been going on the past few years.

Posted by: Jim Harper | Jan 12, 2017 3:39:46 PM