The post-graduation employment rate for the 2009 law school class fell to the lowest rate since the mid-1990s, with only 88.3 percent nationally finding a job, according to the National Association for Law Placement.

The decline marked the second year in a row that the number of jobs fell. And while there are more graduates working than many expected, a good portion of their jobs are part-time, temporary or do not require a law degree, masking the weaknesses in the job market, said James Leipold, the executive director of NALP, which released a report Thursday.

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