In this and subsequent posts, I will push back against certain aspects of this conventional wisdom. At the outset, however, I want to be very clear about what I am NOT arguing. I am not arguing that the current legal job market is great – it is not. I am also not arguing in defense of the status quo in legal education – as I’ve explained in prior posts (here, here, here, and here), I worry about many facets of legal education, not least the student debt problems caused by ever-increasing tuition.
In this post, I will argue that it is highly likely that more recent graduates throughout the country are getting law jobs than the conventional wisdom assumes. My argument will be based on data about what graduates from my school actually are doing now. In my next post, I will briefly discuss the claim that the poor job market is due to structural changes in the legal job market. [Update: the second post is here]. I will explain why I am skeptical that the structural changes in the legal job market are significantly different than those that have occurred in the past, and why I am therefore skeptical that the current anemic state of the legal job market is the result of structural, rather than economic, factors. In my third post, I will briefly discuss Bureau of Labor Statistics data on the legal job market, and will explain why caution must be used in interpreting this data in discussion of legal employment. [Update: the third post is here].
If you want to see the entire series of blog posts now, I have collected them in this document. The rest of the first post is below the fold.