2016’s Best Places for Law School Graduates

After a rough few years, it seems like the job outlook for law school grads may finally be hitting its stride. While there’s still no guarantee that today’s law school grads will find a high-paying job in the legal field, their chances are better than in years past – due in part to declining law […]

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2016’s Best Places for Law School Graduates

After a rough few years, it seems like the job outlook for law school grads may finally be hitting its stride. While there’s still no guarantee that today’s law school grads will find a high-paying job in the legal field, their chances are better than in years past – due in part to declining law school enrollment.

According to Above the Law, 86.7% of the class of 2014 had jobs ten months after graduation – the first increase in employment since 2007. 60.3% of those were full-time, long-term jobs requiring bar passage. Experts expect to see similar increases for the classes of 2015 and 2016. And, while traditional legal jobs may not be on the rise, solo and small firm practices are, in areas like corporate and real estate law, litigation, patent law, tax law and more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects law jobs to grow 6% by 2024, an average growth rate compared to other jobs.

So – where are the jobs for recent law school grads, and what areas provide a good environment for recent grads to start their careers? GoodCall analyzed 900+ cities on the following criteria to find the best places for law school graduates:

  • Average lawyer salary
  • Job availability and competition
  • Housing prices
  • Area amenities

See our full rankings and methodology, plus expert advice, below:

Expert Advice

GoodCall asked career development experts and professors at top law schools across the country for their best advice for recent graduates looking to start their careers in law. Scroll through to see their responses.

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