Expect to see bigger smiles and rising optimism among your law colleagues in the future.
That’s because almost half (49 percent) of 2019 law school graduates report that they are “extremely satisfied” with their current job, an increase from the 42 percent figure a year ago.
Another 38 percent said they were “somewhat satisfied.”
Those findings are from a new survey from the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).
Here are some other highlights from the annual NALP report:
- Only 13 percent of 2019 law grads were actively seeking a new job, an historically low rate.
- 71 percent have had two or more sequential positions since graduation.
- 62 percent changed jobs for “better compensation/bonuses” while 42 percent made the move because of “attitude or better fit.”
- The effects of the pandemic continue to reverberate. The percentage of recent grads reporting a detrimental impact on their careers from the pandemic reached an all-time high.
- One in three said the pandemic had negatively impacted their loan repayment. The average educational debt was $105,546, while the median educational debt was $90,000.
Here is a NALP press release.
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