Can you get a job after graduation?

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Getting a legal education is excellent, but let’s face it, after graduation you need to be able to find a job. Does the school you choose make a difference in your job prospects? Absolutely, and it’s not just law school rankings that matter. You can increase your job prospects anywhere by focusing on hands-on experiences to enhance your classroom work.

Look for these kinds of experiences when you are researching schools:

  • Clinics – how many openings are available? Does faculty supervise them?
  • Internships/Externships
  • Law Reviews or Journals
  • Moot court (simulated court proceedings)

A strong career services office can also be crucial to your job hunt. They should be able to provide you with these answers:

  • What percentage of graduates have a job at graduation? Are they law jobs?
  • What percentage of graduates have a job within 9 months of graduation? Is a JD required?
  • Do you have relationships with recruiters? State, local or national recruiters?
  • Where do alumni work and how do they feel about their educational experiences?
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