The After the JD project will track the professional lives of more than 5,000 lawyers during their first ten years after law school. While most of the project will unfold in coming years, the data presented here provide a snapshot of the stratified random national sample, based on questionnaires administered two to three years in to the new lawyers' careers. A key goal of the AJD is to better understand how legal careers are launched, what sorts of environments and skills most help young attorneys to reach their goals, and how the experiences and opportunities of these new lawyers may vary according to a variety of characteristics -- especially race, ethnicity, and gender.
Among the surveyed members of the law school graduating class of 2000:
The median duration of a typical work week is 50 hours.
80% of these lawyers are either moderately or extremely satisfied with their decision to become a lawyer.
The median educational debt carried by those who left law school with some debt was $70,000.
A third of these recent graduates have changed jobs at least once since graduation.
Published by the NALP Foundation Career Research and the American Bar Foundation
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