Think about any common lists of occupations that are sought-after or otherwise wanted. You’ve probably heard lists starting off with or at least including the two following professions: “doctors, lawyers…”
Law school is expensive, requires three years of attendance at minimum, and is incredibly competitive to gain entry to most respectable law schools around the United States.
According to the National Association for Law Placement, an American organization related to helping law school graduates find employment upon graduation, the average first-year attorney employed by a law firm with less than 26 fellow attorneys earned a median salary of $67,500. Those finding work with large corporations filled with nothing but attorneys – that means no jobs in the public sector are included in this statistics – typically earn a starting economy of $125,000.
With all the above information in mind, consider this – only roughly 60 percent of all law school graduates living in the United States find employment that requires a law degree – a full-time job, that is – a statistic applies to all recent law school graduates here in America.
As such, all parents, teachers, family members, and people considering attending a four-year college or university – especially those even remotely thinking about being an attorney or attending graduate school of any discipline – should know about this one thing that is arguably more important than anything else when it comes to applying for law school. After all, history dictates that lawyers do better in their careers if they graduate from more reputable schools, and improving one’s resume will boost the chances of getting into better law programs.
According to a recent quote from Daniel Rodriguez, the dean of the Pritzker School of Law at Northwest University, law schools place “strong emphasis on work experience.”