Survey: Texas Has Seventh-Largest Lawyer Surplus

Texas Lawyer - Texas has the seventh-largest lawyer surplus compared to other states, with nearly 900 more newly minted lawyers than available lawyer jobs, according to a consulting firm's research.

Texas has the seventh-largest lawyer surplus compared to other states, with nearly 900 more newly minted lawyers than available lawyer jobs, according to a consulting firm's research.

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Darby Dickerson, dean, Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock: Texas Tech University School of Law has enjoyed a 93 [percent] employment rate for its 2010 graduates. Texas Tech graduates pursue both "J.D. required" and" J.D. preferred" positions in law firms, courts, academia, business and industry, government, and public interest organizations. Given the nature of legal compliance in today's society, legal training can be beneficial for a wide range of positions in a wide range of areas. Also, the J.D. degree is a versatile one. It trains individuals how to think clearly, to develop logical, reasoned positions, and to write clearly and concisely. Skills gained during law school can thus be applied in many positions.

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Dickerson: Texas Tech provides realistic information to students and potential students by discussing the challenging job market. The Career Services Center provides one-on-one counseling to students about career objectives, provides job acquisition skills training, and provides career choice information to students throughout the law school experience. Recently, the number and variety of these programs has been strengthened and reinforced. The career choice programs include significant focus on alternative careers and opening solo law practices within the state. Texas Tech Law offers dual-degree programs and certificate programs that expand the expertise of the graduate and more directly prepare graduates for specific job types. [The] Texas Tech Law Career Services Center has undertaken employer outreach programs to assure that Tech law graduates enjoy an opportunity to compete for jobs in Texas and beyond.

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