Class of 2002

Class of 2002 Summary Findings (PDF - free download)

Class of 2002 National Summary Report

State Government Jobs in State Capitals - Classes of 1997 and 2002 (NALP Bulletin, November 2003) — Among Class of 2002 graduates, somewhat more than 1,300 obtained a job with a state government. Interestingly, only roughly one-third of these jobs are located in state capital cities.

Law Firm Opportunities and Population Change, 1991-2002 (NALP Bulletin, October 2003) — Provides a look at the correlation (or lack thereof) between job opportunities and increases and decreases in population between 1991 and 2002.

Employment Patterns — 20-Year Trends - 1982-2002 (NALP Bulletin, August 2003) — NALP's graduate employment data show 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 on jobs taken by the Classes of 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, and 2002. Employment of New Law Graduates Down Slightly, but Remains Relatively Strong (July 24, 2003 Press Release) — NALP's 29th consecutive report on the experiences of new law graduates documents the second decrease in the employment rate of new law graduates since 1993, with a figure of 89% of graduates for whom employment status was known. This compares with a figure of 90% for 2001, and 91.5% for 2000, and is evidence of the effect of the general economic downturn on the employment market for new law school graduates.

Trends in Graduate Employment — 1985-2002 (NALP Bulletin, June 2003) — The table shows employment trends for new law graduates for the 18-year period from 1985 to 2002. It is evident that, despite a slight drop in the overall employment rate in the last two years, the market for new law graduates has been quite strong in recent years, with overall employment at or above 89% since 1997.

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