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Friday, June 9, 2017

Eight Of The Twelve Law Schools With The Highest Unemployment Rates Are In California, Where the Law Jobs Are: The 2016 Edition:

We’ve delved into the ABA’s trove of jobs data to determine which schools had ... the highest unemployment rates. ... The charts are based on data submitted to the ABA by the law schools.


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The usual "but, but we serve the undeserved...justice gap...access to the legal profession...blah blah" suspects. Many of these schools also produce the highest-indebted graduates. So high unemployment + high debt + dismal bar pass rates = serving the undeserved? Snake oil. pure and simple.

Posted by: Anon | Jun 9, 2017 7:41:35 AM

This chart speaks more eloquently than any Cali law school dean has yet to date, on the issues of: (1) Whether Cali should lower the scores for passing the bar; and (2) Whether the Cali law schools have "excess capacity" that needs to be reduced.

Posted by: Old Ruster | Jun 9, 2017 11:54:31 AM

Wait, I thought all the non-practicing graduates from also-ran law schools in California all walked into executive roles at Apple and Tesla and Google? That's essentially what several law professors and deans at these law schools keep telling us.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Jun 9, 2017 1:58:07 PM

The money in legal practice and a lot of the work lies in corporate law. I wonder to what extent this unemployment is a result of corporations moving their headquarters out of California?

If I recall correctly, the costly Samsung/Apple dispute has been in San Francisco, but such may become a thing of the past. In the future, legal battles are more likely to be in Texas because both companies are headquartered there.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Jun 10, 2017 4:20:10 AM

It's been my experience, that nothing will ruin your life as quickly as hiring a bad doctor, or a bad lawyer. Choose wisely.

Posted by: nofreelunch | Jun 10, 2017 6:36:52 AM

Michael Perry, In addition, ever since SOX, the number of VC funded IPOs has decreased, and more companies get acquired after only a few years by much bigger fish. The legal and other professional services involved in an acquisition of a still private firm are usually much less than those for an IPO.

Posted by: Doug Wenzel | Jun 10, 2017 9:55:08 AM