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WVU Law Class of 2015 beats national employment rate

The employment rate for the Class of 2015 is 80% for full-time, long-term Bar Passage Required and J.D. Advantage jobs; 10% higher than the national average.

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — The employment rate for the Class of 2015 at the West Virginia University College of Law is 10 points higher than the national average for full-time, long-term jobs.

The American Bar Association (ABA) recently released employment statistics for the Class of 2015 for all U.S. law schools. For jobs where bar passage is required or a J.D. is a requirement or advantage, the national employment rate is 70%. 

For the WVU College of Law Class of 2015, the employment rate in those categories is 80%.

“This shows that there is a job market for WVU Law graduates,” said Gregory W. Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “It’s also a testament to the work we do to prepare our graduates for careers in the law. Employers like what they see.”

The WVU College of Law Class of 2015 also beat the national rate for jobs in private practice by about 10 points: 50.4% vs. 40.7%. They also secured judicial clerkships at more than twice the national average: 19.2% vs. 8.4%. 

The College of Law was slightly lower than the national average for jobs in public interest (2.7% vs. 4.7%), government (10.1%. v 11.6%), and business and industry (11.9% vs. 14.7%).

“Overall, our Class of 2015 did very well in a highly competitive job market,” said Bowman. “Especially considering reports that law firms in general hired far fewer graduates last year than 
in 2014.”

For more information, visit the WVU College of Law ABA Required Disclosure.


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