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The Job Market Is Tough for Law Grads in China, Too

Posted Jan 5, 2010 7:42 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A new study supports the tales of woe told by recent law graduates in China.

It is more difficult to find a job in law than any other profession studied, the China Daily reports. The story cites a June 2009 study by China's Academy of Social Science and the Mycos Institute, a consulting company.

In 2008, law topped the list of the 10 most difficult professions in which to find a job, and in 2007 it was No. 2 on the list. The study found that in 2008, 23 percent of law graduates were unemployed six months after graduation.

The story highlighted the case of Snow Li, a 24-year-old law school postgraduate student who received only three job interviews after sending out 50 resumés. "Most of my classmates started looking for a job in July, but none of them has had an offer so far," she said.

Law professor Cao Yisun of the China University of Political Science and Law told Xinhua.com that there is a glut of law graduates because so many educational institutions are adding legal programs.

There is no standardized curriculum and regulation of law departments, and many schools don’t have qualified law professors, he said. Thirty years ago, only six Chinese educational institutions had law departments; now there are 634.

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