While graduating from law school used to almost guarantee a person would find employment in the legal profession, in recent years the job market for graduates has declined significantly.

Recent employment analysis by The Wall Street Journal found that those graduating from law school in 2011 faced bleak prospects when it came to getting hired long term. The source looked at recently released records from the American Bar Association, which showed that just 55 percent of graduates found jobs in the time period. The newspaper also found that 8 percent of 2011 graduates were employed at places that that didn’t require but preferred a law degree.

In an interview with the Journal, Whittier Law School dean Penelope Bryan said that her institution would work to help try to solve the problem.

"We consider this a problem," Bryan said. "We have redesigned completely our career development and we expect to see some improvement, but in the meantime we've had to live with this transition."

Those looking for work as lawyers in California may soon find competition from a new source – illegal immigrants. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the California State Bar is hoping to allow illegal immigrants that pass the bar exam to get hired in a case before the state Supreme Court.

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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