Law School Career Services — Then and Now

NALP Bulletin, November 2005 

NALP's practice of benchmarking the staffing and facilities of law school career services offices dates almost as far back as NALP itself. The oldest such effort existing in NALP's archives, entitled the Law School Placement Personnel Survey, was published in May 1975, and covered the 1974-75 academic year. The 1975 document, compiled by a NALP volunteer, typed on a typewriter, with supplemental lines and boxes drawn in by hand, reported findings based on about half of the 108 law schools that were NALP members at the time.

Though many things in the world have changed in the 30+ years since the 1974-75 report, including the number of law schools and law students and the scope of career services activities, the need for benchmarking has not changed.

Thus, NALP continues to survey law school career services offices about staffing and facilities on a biennial basis. The complete 2005 report is available to members as a PDF download.

 

Career Services — 1995-2005

 


1975

1986

1995

2005

% of offices with only one professional staff member

75%

68%

46%

25%

% of offices with two or fewer professional staff members

100%

94%

78%

54%

% of primary professionals with a JD or LLB

37%

40%

51%

78%

% of primary professionals in current job less than two years

61%

17%

26%

24%

% of primary professionals in current job five or more years

13%

32%

41%

46%

Median salary for primary professional

$12,000*

$29,000*

$44,200

$70,000

Number of schools responding to survey**

56

101

136

159

 

Note: The 1974-75 survey did not distinguish between "primary" and "second" professionals when tabulating education, experience levels, and salaries. Since a number of these second individuals were described as secretaries or administrative assistants, figures may be somewhat deflated. However, the vast majority of individuals covered by the survey, about 80%, were the primary, and only, individual in the office.

* Salary median is estimated, as salary information was reported in ranges.

** Number shown is number of surveys received. The number of responses to specific questions may be less.

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