New Jersey minted nearly 670 lawyers this year, the most since the state began keeping track six years ago, despite a difficult job market for law graduates across the country, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. More than 500 law graduates who recently passed the bar exam took the oath Tuesday in Trenton. Ralph Lamparello, the president of the state bar association, said New Jersey has more 80,000 lawyers. “That’s a lot of lawyers, on paper,” he said.
Across the United States, the employment rate for new law school graduates fell to 84.7 percent last year, the lowest since 1994, according to the Washington-based National Association for Law Placement. Only 50.7 percent of graduates found a job in private practice last year, the group found.