There’s no way to sugarcoat it: The law class of 2020 has graduated into a uniquely challenging job market that has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many states have delayed the bar exam until October, some graduates have seen job offers rescinded or start dates pushed back, while others have found that legal employers have tapped the brakes on hiring altogether. And then there is the issue of student loan debt—with plenty of new lawyers borrowing $100,000 or more to finance their law degrees.

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