That is the message in employment data recently released by the American Bar Association (ABA) for the Class of 2016 from 204 law schools.
The employment rate for WVU Law’s Class of 2016 is 76.5 percent for full-time, long-term jobs that are "Bar Passage Required" or "J.D. Advantage" — the gold standard for law school graduates. That is almost four points higher than national average of 72.6 percent.
“A law degree from WVU definitely has value,” said Gregory W. Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “It’s a competitive job market and we work hard to prepare our students for careers in the law. Employers like what they see in our graduates.”
Overall, the employment rate for WVU Law’s Class of 2016 is 81.7 percent, which is slightly higher than the national average of 78.6 percent. (This is for Bar Passage Required, J.D. Advantage and Professional positions that are full time/long term and part time/short term.)
The WVU Law Class of 2016 beat the national employment rate in two job categories. Of those graduates reporting, 20 percent have positions in business and industry, versus 13.5 percent nationally, and 8 percent practice public interest law, versus 4.4 percent nationally.
The Class of 2016 is on par with the national average for employment in private practice (46 percent versus 45.5 percent), judicial clerkships (9 percent versus 8.9 percent), and education (2 percent versus 1.6 percent).
Members of the Class of 2016 work in government at a slightly lower rate than the national average: 9 percent versus 12 percent.
ABA employment data is based on job status 10 months after graduation. For more information, visit the WVU College of Law ABA Required Disclosure webpage.