For more than a year I have been writing about and discussing with law students, recent graduates and law school Deans the need to tell law students the truth about job prospects and to change the curriculum so that law graduates are prepared to survive after they pass the bar. Some law schools are actually paying attention to the needs of their students and working hard to address the changing legal landscape. Schools like Roger Williams and Charleston are rapidly moving in the right direction. Other schools still focus far too much on placing their top students ( i mean the top 5 percent) in the big law firms and worry about the US News & World Report ratings. It is time for recent graduates and law students to make their voices heard in blogs, social media and in letters to administrators and the ABA. The story below is a result of not only a staggering economy but is also a function of our law school education system not preparing our students for a fighting chance.
The AP (8/8, Lederman) discusses how many law schools across the country are dealing with the fact that there are fewer jobs for law school graduates at this time. As the AP describes, “New data released by the American Bar Association in June revealed that barely half of those who graduated in law school in 2011 found full-time jobs as lawyers within nine months of graduation. A separate survey from the National Association for Law Placement in June found the overall employment rate last year was the lowest in 16 years.”