Andrew Keshner, With Tight Job Market, Bar Exam Is a Portal to Uncertain Future, N.Y.L.J., July 25, 2012, at 1:
Hundreds of aspiring lawyers waited yesterday morning to begin New York’s bar exam at the Jacob K. Javits Center, clutching coffee, pencils and outlines as they expressed both hope and apprehension about an uncertain job market.
… Employment for law school graduates is at record-low numbers. The American Bar Association has reported that only 55 percent of recent law school graduates had landed a full-time law job. Still, almost 12,300 tickets were issued to this year’s two-day bar examination, with more than 4,000 issued for the Javits Center.
It was also reported last week that the New York City Bar appointed a task force “to examine career prospects of young attorneys and to make recommendations in light of the challenging legal market.” Christine Simmons, City Bar Task Force to Tackle Young Lawyers’ Career Outlook, N.Y.L.J., July 17, 2012, at 1.