Despite entering the workforce during one of the most uncertain and tumultuous years in decades, graduates from the University of South Carolina School of Law's Class of 2020 achieved an impressive overall employment rate of 92 percent within 10 months of graduating.
What is more, 86 percent of graduates accepted a full-time, long-term position for which bar passage was required, or a JD was an advantage, beating the national employment average of 77 percent, according to figures from the American Bar Association.
These employment outcomes are a testament to their hard work, determination, and ability to be adaptable in the face of adversity.
"We are so proud to share the successes of the Class of 2020, especially in light of the many obstacles they faced, including disruptions to their final semester of law school, challenges related to the bar exam, and of course, economic uncertainty," says William Hubbard, dean of South Carolina Law. "These employment outcomes are a testament to their hard work, determination, and ability to be adaptable in the face of adversity."
Hired by more than 160 employers in 15 states and the District of Columbia, members of this class joined law firms in large markets and small towns, from AmLaw 100 firms to opening their own solo practices.
Reflecting South Carolina Law's commitment to service, about 20 percent of the class are employed in government and public interest positions, including the Army Judge Advocate General Corps, state and federal government agencies, prosecutor's offices, public defender's offices, and legal service organizations.
Another 19 percent secured career-launching judicial clerkships at the state and federal level, continuing the law school's long history of serving the judiciary.
"Our office appreciated the opportunity to support these graduates during such a challenging year, and we look forward to continuing to work with them and celebrate their successes as they navigate their paths in the years ahead," says Elisabeth Beal, director of the office of career and professional development.
To learn more about South Carolina Law's employment outcomes or explore the services available to students, alumni, and employers, please visit the Office of Career and Professional Development.