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In its 30th annual survey of law school graduates, the National Association for Law Placement found that 88.9 percent of the class of 2003 found jobs as private or public interest attorneys — a rate only fractionally different than each year since 2000. But for the first time since 1992, according to the survey, the median salary at corporate firms decreased, from $90,000 in 2002 to $80,000, reflecting an increase in hiring at small law offices. Nationally, the overall median starting salary for attorneys of all types was $55,000 — down from $60,000 for the class of 2002. A private sector employment ratio of 70 percent or more was found highest in New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Francisco. Government and clerkship jobs were most abundant in Phoenix, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Miami. In-house counsel positions were most prevalent in Columbus, Ohio, and Seattle.

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