Possibly you haven’t had a moment to notice, but lawyer’s bar passage required employment rate increased more than 1 percent in 2017 compared to 2016. The number of part-time jobs has fallen and the new lawyers at large law firms (pop. 500+) has increased by 2.6 percentage points. The national median salary for the Class of 2017 was $70,000, a $5000 increase from the previous year.
These statistics were released by the National Association for Law Placement. NALP’s executive director, James Leipold, said in a press release, “Barring another economic slowdown or interruption and barring a significant jump in law school enrollment as a result of rising applications, the employment outlook for recent law school graduates looks brighter (if not exactly rosy) than it has at any time since 2008, and that is good news.”