Employment Comparisons and Trends for Men and Women, Minorities and Non-minorities - 1982-2000 (NALP Bulletin, April 2002) — A look at the graduate employment data over the years shows that, historically, women and minorities are less likely to take jobs in law firms and more likely to take jobs with public sector employers. The table presents data from Employment Report and Salary Survey and Jobs and J.D.'s reports for the Classes of 1982, 1988, 1994, and 2000.
Trends in Law Firm Jobs — Classes of 1982-2000 (NALP Bulletin, November 2001) — In the 27 years that NALP has compiled graduate employment statistics, over half of employed graduates have obtained their first job in a law firm setting. In 2000, for the first time, jobs taken in the largest firms equaled those taken in the two smallest categories — 2-10 and 11-25 — combined.
Jobs for New Law Graduates — A Ten-Year Demographic Profile 1991-2000 (NALP Bulletin, October 2001) — ABA data on law school graduates show that over the last ten years women have accounted for between 43% and 46% of law school graduates and that minority representation has increased from 11.8% in 1991 to about 19% since 1997. NALP's employment data for the Classes of 1991-2000 show that the proportion of women and minorities among employed graduates as a whole reflect these changes.
Job Opportunities and Population Changes, 1991-2000 (NALP Bulletin, August 2001) — A decade of detailed information on law firm opportunities for new law graduates reveals many differences for the 40 cities shown in the table.
Law Firm Jobs — Where They Are and Who Takes Them - Class of 2000 (NALP Bulletin, July 2001) — NALP’s employment data for the Class of 2000 show that just over half (54.8%) of employed graduates took jobs in law firms. This translates to 17,383 jobs. A comparison of minorities and non-minorities taking law firm jobs reveals that minorities as a whole are more likely to obtain their law firm job in one of the 20 largest cities than are non-minorities.
Employment of New Law Graduates Exceeds 90% for Second Year in a Row (July 23, 2001 Press Release) — NALP's 27th consecutive report on the employment experiences of recent law graduates documents the seventh successive increase in the employment rate of new law graduates. An increase in full-time legal employment accounts for most of the increase. At the same time, although full-time employment in other types of jobs decreased slightly, these jobs continue to account for about one in ten jobs, as they have since 1994.
Employment and Salary Trends for New Law Graduates, 1985-2000 (NALP Bulletin, June 2001) — The overall employment rate for the Class of 2000 was 91.5% of graduates for whom employment status was known as of February 15, 2001. Over three-quarters of graduates for whom employment status was known had obtained legal full-time jobs.
Jobs in Business and Industry, Classes of 1991-2000 (NALP Bulletin, May 2001) —Since 1991, the percentage of employed graduates taking jobs in business and industry has increased by about two-thirds, from 7.5% of jobs in 1991 to an estimated 12.3% in 2000. This percentage reached an historic high of 14.2% in 1998.