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Published: September 5th, 2006

Category: Students

Fall National Employment Statistics For New Law Graduates Released

The recently released Jobs & J.D.’s employment and Salaries of New Law Graduates, Class of 2005 (as of Feb. 15, 2006), reveals that:

• The national employment rate 6-9 months post-graduation for new law school graduates approaches 90 percent for the first time since 2001. The Levin College of Law’s rate for those employed or pursuing a full-time degree was 92.6 percent, whereas the national rate was 91.8 percent.

• Salaries: Nationwide, the median salary for all types of employment increased from $55,000 to $60,000, and the median law firm salary increased $5,000 to $85,000 (still down $5,000 from 2002).

• Employers: More than half (56 percent) of the employed graduates were working in private law firms, while over one quarter (27 percent) were employed in public service positions that include government jobs, judicial clerkships, and public interest positions.

• State government employment leader: Florida continues to lead the nation for the number of state government jobs taken, with almost 40 percent of all law graduates employed by local governments being employed in Florida. The government segment provides great employment opportunities for UF Law students.

Timing of the Offer of Employment

    • 65 percent of the graduates received their job offer before graduation, which can vary considerably depending upon the employer and differences in hiring practices. As expected, the highest pre-graduation offers were extended to judicial law clerks, those in the military and those employed in large firms. Government, business, and academic employers continued to hover in the mid 50 percent range of offers before graduation, and public interest positions were at 47 percent for those who received offers of employment prior to graduation. These statistics demonstrate that the timing of the employment offer is clearly related to the employer type.

    Non-Discrimination Policy

    The UF Levin College of Law, as an equal opportunity institution of higher education, conforms to all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination, and is commit- ted to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, social condition, sex, sexual orientation, age and handicap in its programs and activities. In compliance with this policy, the law school’s Center for Career Services is committed to supporting an equal and fair evaluation of its law student and graduate job applicants on the basis of his or her individual merits. Therefore, the center is available only to employers whose employment practices are in compliance with the law and the school’s nondiscrimination policy.

    The one exception to this nondiscrimination policy is that while the center does not condone the practice, the military may pursuant to its regulations, discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Federal law provides that law schools that deny access to military recruiters may, lose certain types of financial aid for students. Accordingly, the UF Levin College of Law will permit on-campus military recruitment. To ameliorate the potentially discriminatory impact on its students, measures have been implemented, including: 1) Posting of the ,center’s position statement that the military discriminates in a manner not permitted by the law school’s nondiscrimination policy; 2) Making available a collection of newsletters and materials related to gay and lesbian practitioners; and/or 3) Holding a forum/panel discussion on various forms of discrimination and how they affect the legal profession.




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