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Law school grads report they're landing more in-house jobs

Some companies have initiated programs to hire attorneys right out of law school

While opportunities to go in-house without a law firm stint first are hard to find, of the total of 36,043 jobs the law school graduates of 2010 reported, 870, or 2.4 percent, were in-house legal jobs, according to the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). That number was up from 700 in-house jobs reported by graduates in the two previous years.

NALP has no information about how those grads got their jobs, but general counsel who don’t routinely bring recent grads into their department may hire an exceptional intern or a recent grad who comes in as a contract employee and makes an impression by showing initiative and working hard (see “Path Finders”).

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