Employment Check Redux: Do you have a job?
Last week, we polled 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls, asking members of each class to let us know whteher, in this sour economy, they had jobs lined up for next year. The results are in. To the extent that the students who responded to our polling are representative of the student body at large, the results are sobering: a significant percentage of students at Boston College Law School have not yet secured employment for the coming year. Indeed, by our estimates (and with the previously stated assumption about the representativeness of poll-ees), almost half of all 1Ls are still looking for jobs. See the exact percentages after the jump.
- 28% of 3Ls at at BC Law do not yet have jobs
- 23% of 2Ls at BC Law do not yet have jobs
- 44% of 1Ls at at BC Law do not yet have jobs
These numbers lie in stark contrast to employment data of recently graduated classes. According to Dean Garvey the Classes of 2005 and 2006 had a 98% employment rate 9 months after graduation.
In addition, official data from Boston College Law School shows that 98% of the Class of 2007 has found employment 9 months after graduation. However, this percentage does not include an undefined number of “students not seeking employment,” a qualification that has not appeared in previous years. It is unclear whether students who have not found jobs for 9 months or more are deemed to be not seeking employment.
At the most recent State of the School event in January, Dean Garvey declined to provide employment statistics for the Class 2008, only offering that “even the best have been hurt by the economy” and that “many firms have gone other hiring routes.”