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Law school applications drop in face of tough job market, LawCrossing finds 35,000 attorney jobs.

March 18, 2011
Pasadena, CA — Law school applications are down 11.5% compared to last year at this point. The Law School Admission Council Inc has reported 66,876 applications for the fall 2011 class.

This number is the lowest since 2001 during this admission stage. The reason for the decline in applicants is being attributed to the tough job market for new lawyers and the prospect of years of paying off a big debt.

Over the last two years, several bloggers and websites have dedicated themselves to highlighting the fact about how most law graduates have $150,000 in debt when they graduate and the few BigLaw jobs available which pay very well. This means that most graduates struggle to pay off their student loans.

The American Bar Association has also advised students planning to enter law school to weigh the risks of getting a J.D. “The rising cost of a legal education and the realities of the legal job market mean that going to law school may not pay off" the ABA said in its 2009 report.

But in spite of the relatively harsh job market, law firms are still hiring thousands of attorneys and summer internships are also available. LawCrossing is a job aggregator site for all types of legal jobs. Its database carries attorney jobs (35,000+), law student jobs (22,000+), legal staff jobs (13,000+), partner jobs (200+), judicial clerkship (500+), and summer associate/ internships (500+).

Contact:
Roger Croft
Editorial Coordinator
LawCrossing
626-243-1801
rogerc@lawcrossing.com

About LawCrossing:
LawCrossing is an affiliate of Employment Research Institute, a powerful and comprehensive organization dedicated to helping professionals find jobs that will enhance their careers. LawCrossing consolidates every legal job opening it can find in one convenient location. LawCrossing has been on the Inc. 500 twice. The website also offers a three-day free trial to new members.
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