Law Schools Where Grads Don’t Land Jobs
Most law students hope to land a job by graduation. However, some grads, inevitably, aren’t able to secure a job after their three years.
Law.com recently released their hiring report for the Class of 2018, which breaks down data from the American Bar Association on law school entry-level employment.
17 law schools landed on the list of schools with the highest percentage of unemployed graduates.
Puerto Rico saw all of its law schools make the list with Inter American University of Puerto Rico reporting the highest unemployment for its grads at 32.85%. Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico came in second with an unemployment rate of 29.2%. University of San Francisco came in third with 27.81%.
Improvement Over Last Year
Overall, the class of 2018 performed better in job employment when compared to the class of 2017. Roughly 78.6% of 2018 grads were able to secure full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage. Compare that to 75.3% in 2017.
While there are fewer law jobs today, experts say there is still plenty demand for lawyers.
“There are tens of millions of Americans who are not eligible for free legal services, but who are priced out of the standard market for legal services by prevailing hourly rates of $250 or above,” Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, writes for the National Jurist. “If even a fraction of this population could turn to new lawyers who would charge them manageable rates of say, $50 to $125 per hour, this would provide more than enough work to sustain the roughly 35,000 new law school graduates each year.”