Green on the brightening employment outlook for law grads

Assistant Dean for Law Placement Jill Green

Assistant Dean of Law Career Development Jill Green

Assistant Dean of Law Career Development Jill Green, J.D. ’94, spoke with The Daily Record for a July 20 story, “Employment prospects improve for Md.’s law school grads.”

The percentage of Maryland law graduates who found jobs requiring bar passage edged up slightly this year to 58 percent, compared to 62.4 percent nationwide. Meanwhile, the percentage of unemployed grads seeking work has declined, with 4.9 percent of last year’s UB School of Law grads and 6.3 percent of graduates of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in that category, the newspaper reported. The national average is 9.7 percent, it said.

Roughly a quarter of UB and Maryland law graduates found “J.D. advantage” jobs, positions for which bar passage is not required. Nationwide, less than 14 percent of employed 2015 grads held such positions, according to The Daily Record.

Green and Donald Tobin, dean of the University of Maryland law school, both said they expected the trend to continue because a large percentage of law students do not plan to practice law after commencement.

“The bar passage-required jobs, people want to call that the gold standard – but not everyone going to law school wants to take the bar or be a practicing attorney,” Green told the newspaper. “We have a population that’s coming to get the education because they want to advance in their career, particularly in the federal government, or they may want a law degree to go into business.”

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