42 J.L. & Educ. 575 (2013)
Rethinking Lawsuits against Law Schools: Graduates Must Overcome Significant Hurdles to Prevail against Alma Maters

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Graduates Must Overcome Significant Hurdles
to Prevail Against Alma Maters
I. INTRODUCTION
Recent law school graduates currently face what could be described as
the worst entry-level legal employment market in more than 30 years.'
According to analysis from the Wall Street Journal-based on figures
from the American Bar Association (ABA)-only 55 percent of 2011 law
school graduates were employed full-time as lawyers nine months after
graduation.' Those students fortunate enough to gain employment are
finding that they have to accept even lower starting salaries than students
received just one year earlier.' Despite the dismal job market, law
schools continue to increase their tuition at alarming rates and accept the
same number of students for each incoming class. The average student
loan debt for law graduates at private schools in 2011 was nearly
$125,000, while the average for graduates of public law schools was
over $75,000.4 The class of 2011 wound up with an average of over
$98,000 of debt, which is a 200 percent increase from 1987.1
1. National Association for Law Placement, Law School Grads Face Worst Job Market Yet -
Less Than Half Find Jobs in Private Practice, www.nalp.org/uploads/PressReleases/
Classof2011ER5SSelectedFindingsPressRelease.pdf I (June 7. 2012)(hereinafter NALP, Law
School).
2. J. Maureen Henderson. Why Attending Law School Is The Worst Career Decision You'll
Ever Make, http://www.forbes.com/sites/jmaureenhenderson/201 2/06/26/why-attending-law-
school-is-the-worst-career-decision-youll-ever-make/ (June 26, 2012).
3. For graduates of the class of 2011, more salaries were reported in the $40,000-$65,000
range, and fewer were reported at the $145,000 or $160,000 level. than for graduates in 2010. See
National Association for Law Placement, Median Private Practice Starting Salaries for the Class
of 2011 Plunge as Private Practice Jobs Continue to Erode, http://www.nalp.org/
uploads/PressReleases/Classot2011SalaryPressRel.pdf I (July 12. 2012)(hereinafter, NALP.
Starting Salaries).
4. Debra Cassens Weiss. Average Debt of Private Law School Grads Is $125K; It's Highest
at These Five Schools, http://www.abajoumal.com/news/article/average-debt load of-private
law-grads-is_125kthesefiveschoolslead-to m/ (Mar. 28, 2012).
5. LawCrossing. Market Outlook for Legal Profession Jobs in 2012,
http://www.1awcrossing.com/article/7362/Market-Outlook-for-Legal-Profession-Jobs-in-201 2/#
(accessed December 18, 2012).

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