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Stats quantify employment boost for grads of top 50 law schools

Posted May 5, 2014 8:58 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The unemployment rate for graduates of the nation’s top 50 ranked law schools is more than 60 percent lower than the rate for other law grads.

That’s the conclusion of an analysis by the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, which looked at the latest ABA employment data for accredited schools and the law school rankings by U.S. News & World Report. "In an unforgiving job market," the story says, "graduates of top-ranked law schools have had a far easier time landing full-time employment than their peers from the lower ranks."

Nine months after graduation in 2013, students who attended a top-50 law school had an unemployment rate of about 5 percent, compared to an unemployment rate of about 14 percent for grads at other law schools.

The Law Blog also saw a difference in employment rates for long-term, full-time jobs requiring bar passage for grads of top schools. About 75 percent of law graduates from the top 50 schools had those kind of jobs, compared to about 50 percent for those at other law schools.

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