Law Firm Jobs Taken by New Graduates - Class of 2001

NALP Bulletin, April 2003 

NALP's employment data for the Class of 2001 show that more than half (57.8%) of employed graduates took jobs in law firms. This translates to 18,008 jobs. Not quite half of these jobs were located in the 20 cities providing the most jobs to the Class of 2001 (see table below, Distribution of Law Firm Jobs by Race/Ethnicity in 20 Cities). A comparison of minorities and non-minorities taking law firm jobs, however, reveals that minorities as a whole are more likely to obtain their law firm job in one of the 20 largest cities (with 54.4% of law firm jobs taken by minority graduates in these cities) than are non-minorities, 43% of whom obtained their firm job in one of these cities.

A look at specific racial/ethnic categories reveals further differences. Asian/Pacific Islander graduates were most likely to take a law firm job in one of the 20 cities, and Native American graduates were least likely to do so.

Finally, a city by city look at distribution of jobs by race/ethnicity reveals many differences, as the table at left shows. For example, 90% or more of the law firm jobs in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, and Minneapolis/St. Paul were obtained by non-minorities. Asian/Pacific Islander representation was highest in Palo Alto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Atlanta had the largest proportion of African-American graduates taking law firm jobs, and over one-third of law firm jobs taken in Miami were taken by Hispanics.

Geographic Distribution of Law Firm Jobs Taken by the Class of 2001

Law firm jobs taken by: % in 20 largest cities % in other locations # of jobs
All graduates 45.5% 54.5% 18,008
All minorities 54.4 45.6 2,948
Non-minorities 43.1 56.9 14,022
Native American 33.0 67.0 88
Asian/Pacific Islander 61.3 38.7 1,150
African-American 54.0 46.0 835
Multi-racial 43.1 56.9 72
Hispanic 48.3 51.7 803

Note: All counts, except the overall count, exclude law firm jobs taken by graduates for whom race/ethnicity was not reported. The Asian/Pacific Islander category includes East Indian/Pakistani graduates.

 

Distribution of Law Firm Jobs by Race/Ethnicity in 20 Cities — Class of 2001


PERCENT OF JOBS TAKEN BY GRADUATES WHO WERE: # of jobs
Native
American
Asian/
P. Islander
African-
American
Hispanic Multi-
racial
Caucasian
Atlanta 0.00% 4.69% 12.24% 0.52% 0.78% 81.77% 384
Boston 0.40 7.23 3.61 2.41 0.20 86.14 498
Chicago 0.12 6.81 3.96 2.97 0.37 85.77 808
Cleveland 0.00 0.58 8.09 0.58 0.00 90.75 173
Columbus 0.00 3.20 4.00 1.60 0.00 91.20 125
Dallas 0.82 4.08 1.90 5.43 0.27 87.50 368
Houston 0.23 7.83 7.37 8.76 0.23 75.58 434
Indianapolis 0.00 0.79 3.97 0.79 0.79 93.65 126
Los Angeles 0.64 18.95 5.25 8.12 0.80 66.24 628
Miami 0.47 2.37 6.64 38.86 1.42 50.24 211
Minneapolis/St. Paul 0.47 3.76 1.88 2.35 0.00 91.55 213
New York City 0.08 11.18 7.27 4.73 0.16 76.57 1,225
Palo Alto 0.91 27.85 3.20 4.11 0.00 63.93 219
Philadelphia 0.33 5.35 7.36 2.01 0.00 84.95 299
Pittsburgh 0.00 3.89 2.78 1.67 0.00 91.67 180
San Diego 1.68 7.26 2.79 8.38 1.12 78.77 179
San Francisco 0.00 20.00 3.95 5.79 0.79 69.47 380
Seattle 1.29 12.90 1.94 3.23 0.00 80.65 155
St. Louis 0.00 2.41 6.63 0.00 0.00 90.96 166
Washington, DC 0.80 8.59 9.51 3.67 0.69 76.75 873

Note: Law firm jobs taken by graduates for whom race/ethnicity was not reported are excluded from this table. The Asian/Pacific Islander category includes East Indian/Pakistani graduates.

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