YOUR LAW DEGREE AND YOUR JOB SEARCH
Recent law graduates
- Only 2/3 obtained a job which required bar passage.
- Only 49.5% obtained a job in the private practice of law.
- 18% obtained jobs in business.
- 12.% obtained jobs for which a J.D. is required or an advantage in getting the job, but bar passage is not required.
- 2/3 of the jobs in business required bar passage or reported the J.D. as an advantage in getting the job.
Growing practice areas
- #1 Civil litigation.
- #2 Environmental law.
- #3 Bankruptcy law.
- #4 Labor & employment law.
- #5 Foreclosure law.
- #6 Intellectual property law.
- #7 E-discovery practice.
- 75% of American lawyers are in private practice.
- 62% works as solo practitioners or in offices of 5 or fewer lawyers.
- 18% work in offices of between 6 and 50 lawyers.
- 20% work in firms of more than 50 lawyers.
- 7.5% of the profession work for government agencies.
- 8.5% work for private industries and associations as salaried lawyers or as managers.
- 1% work for legal aid or as public defenders.
- 1% work in legal education.
- 2.5% percent work in the judiciary.
- 4.4% are retired or inactive.
The best cities for young attorneys
- #1 Washington, D.C.
- #2 Atlanta, GA.
- #3 Boston, MA.
- #4 Denver, CO.
- #5 Dallas, TX.
- #6 Seattle, WA.
- #7 Chicago, IL.
- #8 San Francisco, CA.
- #9 Minneapolis, MN.
- #10 Houston, TX.
- #11 Salt Lake City, UT.
- #12 Los Angeles, CA.
- #13 Alexandria, VA.
- #14 St. Louis, MO.
- #15 Mountain View, CA.
- #16 Irvine, CA.
- #17 Philadelphia, PA.
- #18 Oakland, CA.
- #19 Newport Beach, CA.
- #20 New York, NY.
Sources: The American Bar Association; The National Jurist; The Association for Legal Career Professionals.