The law class of 2017 graduated into a “surprisingly strong” job market, according to new entry level employment figures from the National Association of Law Placement (NALP).

Overall, new graduate employment increased one percent over the pervious year, to 88.6 percent. But more tellingly, the percentage of 2017 graduates who landed jobs that require bar passage within 10 months of leaving campus rose more than 4 percent to nearly 72 percent. That annual increase is larger than the gains cumulatively posted over the previous four years, according to NALP.

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