Article Preview: “The Near-Term Employment Prospects of American Law School Graduates”

Contributing Editor: Sara J. Conway
As the spring semester quickly approaches there is one issue near and dear to every law student’s heart—employment. It is no secret that the job market for American law school graduates suffered greatly during and in the immediate aftermath of the 2007 recession. As the economy slowly recovered, the legal job market quickly improved. However, as is so often the case, reporters sensationalized the negative and failed to account for the improved employment forecasts. Armed only with continued coverage depicting the job market as “grim,” current law students and recent graduates might understandably lose hope in their career prospects. Professor Teich’s upcoming article “The Near-Term Employment Prospects of American Law School Graduates” fills in the gaps that reporters have missed. Professor Teich delves into the pre and post-recession employment data and presents a series of fact-supported statements that will likely quell the fears of prospective students and recent graduates. Professor Teich argues that within two years there will likely be a shortage of newly licensed lawyers. How is this possible?