Law School Grads With The Worst Chances Of Getting A Job

Thomas Jefferson Law SchoolBy Erin Fuchs

A San Diego law school with a lot of indebted students has topped a National Law Journal ranking of law schools with the highest percentage of jobless graduates. More than 31 percent of Thomas Jefferson School of Law's graduates had not gotten any job at all nine months out of school, according to NLJ, which cited American Bar Association data.

Unemployment could be particularly painful for Thomas Jefferson Law grads. Its graduates have an average debt load of $168,800 -- more than any other law school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Other California law schools also had relatively high number of new graduates who hadn't secured any work nine months out of school, according to NLJ.

University of San Francisco School of Law came in second at 30 percent, followed by University of La Verne College of Law at 29.8 percent and Western State University College of Law at 27.7 percent. The report about grim job prospects at these schools is hardly surprising, given the nearly constant negative drumbeat of negative news about the legal industry.

In March, the ABA Journal reported that just half of all law school graduates had the kind of permanent, full-time legal jobs that most people probably went to law school to get.

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September 11 2013 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They gambled their future and lost. Why one earth would a major law firm risk its reputation on nonentities from a school few have ever heard of? What is the jobless rate of Villanova Law grads? Harvard Law? Other major/ivy league schools? If you want a debt load of in excess of $160,000 invest your future in a school that's going to get you HIRED, not ignored.

What about their GPAs? Their internships? What networking did they do? How much volunteering did they do for firms that might take an interest in them?

I was accepted at law school two decades ago. Before I applied, I had volunteered on my non-teaching days in an attorney's office. That attorney began giving me more and more responsibility in the firm, with the first-choice option of a job upon graduation.

Jobs are not going to be handed to have to QUALIFY for them, and a law degree alone won't cut it.

April 14 2013 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Give financial assistance priority to older Americans who need to sharpen up their potentiality in the job market. There are enough older folk struggling to get by, while immigrants and placated youthful bored HS grads just 'going along" with the program, reap all the benefits.

April 14 2013 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did you ever hear that old phrase, a town with one lawyer would mean he will be poor; a town with two or more lawyers, they will be rich! Scholars will say lawyers are a dime a dozen, but wait until you need one and then you will change your tune!

April 14 2013 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

At last maybe

April 14 2013 at 12:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe the gov. should quit subidizing loans untill the excess supply is used up. I note that a short time ago the gov. of China quit granting student loans to students who chose majors that that were in over supply.

April 14 2013 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to irvincaliente's comment

That's an excellent idea!! Probably won't work here because I'm sure the law schools have a group of paid lobbyists to make sure their "interests" are protected, besides the overwhelming majority of our national elected leaders are lawyers, another reason it won't pass here.

April 14 2013 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to pdbocc's comment

Law schools canvass the local law offices and firms to see how many graduates they may need over the next year, five years, ten years. They admit to their programs a number of students and, as all colleges and universities, they admit more students than they need because the attrition rate through drop-outs and flunk-outs is really high in law schools. In my own college days, my profs would enter the room on the first lecture day and tell us to look around. Come the end of term, only one of you will be left. My own cohort started out with 65 males and me and graduated 13 males and me...and I wasn't given any quarter nor did I ask any.

April 14 2013 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

well they can go into bankruptcy law. They will have at least one client=themselves!!

April 14 2013 at 10:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Perhaps a little research into which law universities cost the most( or least) and get their grads hired the most ( or least) would be wise before enrolling? But then perhaps, these universities will take anyone.

April 14 2013 at 4:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to stvhndyman's comment

It's CA--anyone who can walk and chew gum, pony up the tuition, and knuckle walk across the campus is admitted and, thanks to the liberal mind-set of state (especially when it comes to minorities) they don't kick out the low performers...they grant them a degree.

April 14 2013 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Makes sense...I have never dealt with an attorney that was worth dime. They only know how to add costs and confusion (so they can bill for more hours) to whatever you are trying to do.

April 14 2013 at 12:54 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

What's brown and black and looks good on lawyers?

April 14 2013 at 12:20 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ed's comment

What do you call a lawyer at the bottom of the sea? Wait for it....a really good start.

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