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April 26, 2010

Employment Report for the Class of 2009 Remains Encouraging

Oregon Law’s Career Services Office has released the annual Employment Report for the Class of 2009 and, despite a depressed economy, the outlook is optimistic.

The overall employment rate for the Class of 2009 is 89.3%, only one percentage point down from the Class of 2008 rate. Historically, Oregon Law’s employment rate, as reported by U.S. News & World Report, has remained around 90%.

“The terrible economy is not a secret,” said Joshua Burstein, assistant dean for career services. “The Career Services Office is committed to working with students, alumni, and employers to increase the percentage employed as much as possible, in addition to the quality and type of employment.”

The percentage reflects graduates’ “nine months out” status, which is reported to the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), the American Bar Association, U.S. News & World Report, and numerous other organizations and publications.

The majority of 2009’s graduates (63.4%) have remained in Oregon, with Washington, California, and Washington, D.C. being the next most popular destinations. Forty-six percent of those employed work in law firms, while 16% are serving as judicial clerks, 14 % are employed in government, 14 % in the public interest/non-profit sector, 6% in business and industry, and 3% in academia.

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