The anonymous blogger at Inside The Law School Scam writes that we have no real clue to what’s happened to, say, the class of 2006. Ah, that was then. Databases are pretty powerful and some of the more interesting ones are fairly public by choice. LinkedIn encourages people to make their resumes public, no doubt to boost networking. It’s good business.
I’ve searched through these databases in the past and found that many of the stats about high employment were pretty sketchy. (See Duke, Columbia and BC.) It looks like LinkedIn has removed the option for searching the individual graduation year, but I can still report some intriguing data. There are 3,999 people in the database that list Duke Law school on their resume. Here are the most common places where they work:
The first entry is probably not indicating where people are really working. It’s probably just made up of students who put Duke University down while they’re in school.
There are a number of impressive firms on the list, but the odds sure seem pretty long. There’s less than 4/10th of a percent of the Dukies who are working for the Department of Justice, one of those government jobs that law students used to believe were backups for those who wanted to check out of Big Law.
If I add up all of the firms on this list, I find that they add up to less than 4%.
Do you want to know what type of jobs they have? Here’s another summary:
If I add together the numbers in law firms, legal services and the judiciary, I find that only 70% are doing standard legal work. Of course this stat is pretty bogus because the people in banking may or may not be the corporate counsel.
It looks like more and more information is only available to premium subscribers. When I become a member, I’ll let you know if I find more. In the mean time I hope others will post extra information.