TU Law Surpasses National Employment Placement Average Four Years in a Row

Sunday, July 01, 2012

For the fourth year in a row, The University of Tulsa College of Law graduates are obtaining employment at a rate well above the national average. The college’s job placement rate for 2011 graduates was 92.3 percent, more than 6 percent higher than the nationwide average of 85.6 percent, as reported by the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP). 

“We are committed to the professional development of our graduates as evidenced by this consistent trend,” said Janet Levit, Dean and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair for the TU College of Law. “We strive to provide our students with the real-world experience, opportunities and knowledge to be practice-ready upon graduation.”

Of the TU Law Class of 2011 graduates who are employed, 86.3 percent are in a position where a law license is required or law degree is preferred (76.9 percent law license required, 9.4 percent JD preferred). This rate is eight percent higher than the NALP reported national average of 78 percent of graduates who are in a position where a law license is required or law degree is preferred (65.4 percent law license required, 12.5 percent JD preferred).  Further, 65.8 percent of the TU Law Class of 2011 graduates who are employed work in full-time, long-term positions where a bar license is required.  The ABA Journal reports that the national average for the same positions nation-wide is 55 percent for the Class of 2011.

The TU College of Law’s pattern of above-average graduate employment results is particularly impressive given what NALP notes is an equally consistent “brutal entry-level job market.”

The complete findings on graduate placement from the American Bar Association and NALP are available at http://www.utulsa.edu/law/graduateplacement.

Employment transparency has become a critical issue for law schools as class action lawsuits over employment data have been filed against 14 law schools in the U.S. The TU College of Law was recently one of six law schools in the nation to receive an A+ in transparency by National Jurist while more than half received a “D” or “F.”

“These employment numbers reveal our deep commitment to our students’ professional development, and our belief in transparency is a core value that runs in tandem,” said Kristine Bridges, Assistant Dean and Director of Professional Development. “In a climate of such scrutiny, an A+ grade in transparency is a reflection of who we are as an institution.”

In March, U.S. News and World Report ranked TU College of Law 99th in the Top 100 Law Schools, marking the first time TU Law has been named in the top 100.

Shari Erwin