Feel like you're the only one without a job offer?
Don't worry — you're not.
There are some employers — notably large law firms, judges hiring judicial clerks and JAG Corps — that extend offers before graduation. More than 70 percent of state and federal judicial clerkship positions are hired before graduation. Law firms with more than 100 lawyers make three-quarters of their job offers before graduation, while even larger firms make an even greater percentage of offers early in the year, according to the NALP "Class of 2014: Jobs & JDs" report.
But other employers, such as prosecutor offices and small law firms, do a substantial portion of their hiring after graduation.
|Timing of job offer by employment type|
|Employer/Job type||Before graduation, %||After graduation, but before bar results, %||After graduation and after bar results, %|
|Private practice: 1-10 lawyers||36.3||25.9||37.8|
|Private practice: 11-25 lawyers||47||22.6||30.4|
|Private practice: 26-50 lawyers||57.7||20.3||22|
|Private practice: 51-100 lawyers||65.2||15||19.8|
|Private practice: 101-250 lawyers||76.5||10.9||12.6|
|Private practice: 251-500 lawyers||88.5||6.7||4.8|
|Private practice: 501+ lawyers||92.3||4.5||3.2|