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Dayton Law 2nd in Ohio in Job Numbers, Among Top Quarter of All Law Schools

The University of Dayton School of Law saw a rise in its job numbers and is once again second in Ohio when it comes to an important employment measurement.

Job numbers for the Class of 2020 show 87.1% of graduates got full-time, long-term, bar required or J.D. advantage jobs in the 10 months after graduation. That number puts Dayton Law second among the 10 law schools in the Ohio area and in the top quarter of law schools nationally, according to the Employment Summary Reports released to the American Bar Association.

“The Class of 2020 showed phenomenal ingenuity and resilience through the entire process,” says Director of the Career Services Office and Assistant Dean Tim Swensen. “They recognized this was going to be a difficult and challenging year and they stepped up their game.”

The School of Law is nearly 10% above the national average when it comes to graduates obtaining full-time, long-term, bar required or J.D. advantage jobs in the 10 months after graduation. UDSL saw a nearly 4% rise in that metric, even as law schools overall saw a more than 3% drop.

Swensen says the help of the law school’s alumni is one big reason for the increase.

“One of the things that differentiates us from other law schools is our alumni,” Swensen says. “They are really enthusiastic and they want to see our students succeed and they’ll do everything in their power to help with that. During this job cycle, they were excellent mentors, they helped with networking and they did lots of mock interviews among other things.

Swensen says UDSL’s faculty and staff also play an important role in helping students land jobs.

“The faculty and staff are unbelievably supportive,” Swensen says. “They are constantly asking students if they are still looking and what their needs are during the job search process.”

The School of Law also finished second in Ohio last year for graduates obtaining full-time, long-term, bar required or J.D. advantage jobs in the 10 months after graduation. Swensen hopes to continue that success with current and future classes.

“Students should know every resource we have will be brought to bear on their behalf,” Swensen says.

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