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Law Schools Reporting Drops of Up to 45% in On-Campus Interviews

Posted Nov 30, 2009 9:29 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A news report on the bleak job market for law grads is filled with numbers illustrating the problems.

The law school at the University of Texas at Austin reported a 45 percent drop in on-campus interviews, ABC News reports. At Harvard, the percentage of employers participating in law student recruitment is down by 20 percent. At New York University, Georgetown and Northwestern law schools, on-campus interviews have dropped by a third to a half.

Meanwhile, law firms have cut summer associate programs by as much as 30 percent to 50 percent, according to the National Association of Law Placement.

Deferred start dates for new associates are also prevalent, the story says. At New York University Law School, 140 third-year students were hit with one-year deferrals, and several others were deferred until January 2010, career services officials told the network.

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