Employment Rate for 2017 Graduates Soars Above Previous Year

Dedicated mentor relationships with students lead to success

Jun 11, 2018

Eugene, Ore. - An increased focus on postgraduate success through engagement and mentorship has Oregon Law soaring. Encouraging interaction has created unique opportunities. For instance, a recent presentation by alum, Michael Callier, developer of the first-ever Global Legal Hackathon, encouraged students to explore professional opportunities that lie at the intersection of law and technology. Emphasis on students while embracing experiences is at the heart of Oregon Law's success.

More than 86% of Oregon Law’s 2017 class is employed, up 9% over last year's numbers according to the ABA Employment Summary for 2017.  Of those graduates employed, 70.2% are employed in full-time, long-term positions requiring bar passage or in positions for which having a JD is an advantage. This places Oregon Law at the top among law schools in the state and second among all law schools in the Pacific Northwest.

“Contributing to the success of our graduates is the increased focus and engagement of our Career Center team with employers,” said Marcilynn A. Burke, Dean and Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law.

With the ABA, National Association for Law Placement, and U.S. News all reporting the employment data of law school graduates, it can become easy for counselors to lose the one-on-one interactions with students and concentrate on the statistical endgame. Rebecca Ivanoff, J.D., Assistant Dean for Career Planning and Professional Development (CPPD) at Oregon Law, has chosen to take a different path.

Dean Ivanoff and her team cultivate existing connections, develop new ones, and understand the importance of starting best practices early. “We encourage students to dedicate themselves to developing as professionals from day one,” Ivanoff said. “Through the first-year Career Exploration and Professional Planning course, students engage in skill-building practice, knowledge-building research, and one-on-one coaching sessions with our attorney-counselors to learn how to successfully identify and attain meaningful pre-and-post-graduate employment.”

Although the Career Center’s staff is dedicated to guiding students, Dean Ivanoff is quick to credit Oregon Law’s hard-working students. “The students understood that their post-graduate employment success was directly related to the efforts they made in school.  They worked hard to develop their professional networks, dedicated themselves to developing practical skills, and honed their interview skills.”

Building upon their recent success, the CPPD plans to continue to work closely with our students based upon the premise that a high level of engagement during school directly impacts post-graduate success. CPPD’s counseling sessions based on individual goals and interests aim to assist each student, and a variety of networking events create opportunities for connection with alumni and employers.