Students find new work opportunities after law school.
Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that employment in the legal field is getting harder to find for several reasons. One is that the Internet makes research easier than ever. This translates to a need for fewer lawyers, which, in turn, leaves many Juris Doctor (JD) holders with a more difficult job search after graduating from law school.
However, there is new hope for legal students, as some law schools are finding innovative ways to provide their graduates with employment opportunities after they complete their studies.
Arizona State University to Launch its Own Law Firm
While it may take some graduates a while to find a law firm that is willing to take a chance on them, those who completed their studies at Arizona State University's (ASU) Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law could soon have a leg up when it comes to starting their careers. In a recent press release, the school announced it will launch the ASU Alumni Law Group in the summer of 2013.
This will surely come as welcome news to legal students who are in no rush to enter the difficult job market, as the teaching law firm will hire about 10 graduates each year and maintain a staff of 30 associates at any one time.
"The ASU Alumni Law Group represents the next stage in the evolution of legal education," said Douglas Sylvester, the law college's dean. "This firm will bridge the gap between law school and practice by providing graduates with real-world training in a supportive teaching environment. Associates who go through this program will be well positioned to compete for a wide variety of legal jobs."
The George Washington University Offers Pay and Experience
After graduating from The George Washington University Law School, those who are not having any luck in their job search may choose to enter the institution's Pathways to Practice program, which provides them with $15 an hour for 35 hours of professional experience per week, The GW Hatchet reports. Currently, more than one-fifth of the school's 2012 graduates are participating in the program.
For law school officials, the program is serving a purpose in a time when the competition for legal jobs is fierce.
"I think it's been very beneficial," Gregory Maggs, the law school's interim dean, told the Hatchet. "Students participating in it are getting experience. Though we've been running it since the fall, a number of students have gotten jobs. The students in it are happy that it's available."