More law school applications, fewer long-term legal jobs in the US

The trends may make for a tougher job market for new lawyers

More law school applications, fewer long-term legal jobs in the US

Law school applications have increased and long-term legal jobs have decreased in the US, according to new data.

There were 60,401 law school applicants this fall, up 8.7% from 55,580 in 2018, data from Law.com revealed.

Kellye Testy, president of the Law School Admissions Counsel, recommends job placement for new lawyers. She also said that some schools are surpassing their yield rates in previous years and are facing the prospect of larger class sizes than they are targeting.

There has also been an increase in applicants getting the highest score on the Law School Admission Test, with a 60% increase in scores between 175 and 180.

As law school applications increase, the American market is also experiencing a decline in full-time long-term JD advantage and bar-pass required jobs, according to the American Bar Association.

In 2017, there were a total of 26,293 graduates in jobs that fall under either category, down from 26,923 in 2016, 28,029 in 2015, and 31,160 in 2014.

 

Related stories:
Almost a third of UK law students have second thoughts over their degree
American Bar says axed staff member stole US$1.3m

 

Free newsletter

Subscribe to our FREE newsletter service and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest breaking news, cutting edge opinion, and expert analysis affecting both your business and the industry as whole.

Please enter your email address below and click on Sign Up for daily newsletters from Australasian Lawyer.

Recent articles & video

Now is the time that in-house lawyers prove just how valuable they are

Allens works on ‘inherently complicated’ motorway refinance

$123m healthcare acquisition succeeds with help from JWS

COVID-19 pushes US BigLaw firms into significant cuts

NRF executes 'prudent measures' to face COVID-19 crisis in Australia

Pinsent Masons promotes two new Australian partners

Most Read Articles

COVID-19 and Australian courts and legal bodies updates: 03 April

Pell to walk free as High Court overturns child sex abuse conviction

NRF executes 'prudent measures' to face COVID-19 crisis in Australia

Top insurance lawyer joins Gilchrist Connell in Sydney