Legal education’s six-year streak of ever-stronger graduate employment outcomes has come to an end—seemingly a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The percentage of 2020 law graduates in fulltime, long term jobs that require bar passage or for which a J.D. offers an advantage 10 month after leaving campus was 77%, according to new entry level employment figures released by the American Bar Association Tuesday. That’s down from 81% for the class of 2019, and represents the first time that figure has decline year-over-year since 2013.

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