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Class of 2017 Employment Rate Beats National Average

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA — The employment rate for WVU Law 2017 graduates is higher than the national average.

According to data gathered by the American Bar Association (ABA), 82 percent of the WVU Law Class of 2017 secured full-time, long-term jobs that require passing the bar exam or where a J.D. is an advantage. The national average is 75.3 percent.

WVU Law’s 2017 employment rate places it in the top 60 of the 203 law schools in the country approved by the ABA.

“It is a clear sign that employers value a law degree from WVU,” said Gregory W. Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “We work hard to prepare our students to succeed in a very competitive job market.”

The WVU Law Class of 2017 also beat the national average in four areas of employment: law firms, clerkships, public interest and education.

Fifty percent of the WVU Law Class of 2017 hold positions in law firms versus 45.9 percent nationally; 18.75 percent hold judicial clerkships, which is double the national average of 9.3 percent; 6.25 percent work in public interest law versus 4.7 percent nationally; and 3.1 percent work in education versus 1.4 percent nationally.

The rate for WVU Law 2017 graduates seeking employment is lower than the national average at 2.8 percent versus 7.9 percent. Members of the WVU Law Class of 2017 work in government, business and industry, and solo practice at rates slightly lower than the national average.

The ABA uses data as of 10 months after graduation. For more information on employment outcomes, visit the WVU College of Law ABA Required Disclosure webpage.

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