Grundy, VA ---- Appalachian School of Law was recently listed fourth among 19 U.S. laws schools with an improved employment rate of greater than 10% in the last two years, according to The National Jurist, considered a leading news source in legal education. Based on their formula, which provides the most weight for jobs that are full-time and require the graduate to pass the bar exam, the employment rate for ASL graduates improved 16.5% from 2011 to 2013. The National Jurist is distributed to approximately 100,000 law students annually.
ASL Director of Career Services, Janie Castle '10, has focused most of her time on improving employment rates for ASL graduates since she started in October, 2011. "I've earned a good track record by staying on top of graduate employment data and finding resources for job opportunities," she said. "It's critical that faculty are pairing with Career Services in more ways now than before, we are posting more jobs each year, and now subscribe to one of the best job search systems," funded soon after she arrived.
"We are proud not only of the incredible job Ms. Castle has done in keeping up with our alumni and where they land," said Dean Lucy McGough, "we are also proud of our commitment to make curricular changes that are most likely to open up additional employment opportunities. We now offer concentrations in growth areas, such as natural resources, energy law, alternative dispute resolution and public health law. We also believe that the externship placement, which is required for every ASL graduate, can be a real gateway to a career."
The full article, Largest Employment Gains by School," will appear in the August edition of preLaw magazine, a publication of The National Jurist, circulated to approximately 45,000 prospective law students.
William and Mary Law School is listed eighth in percent improved, the only other Virginia school on the list.
There are currently around 200 U.S. law schools approved by the American Bar Association.