The Graying of the Legal Profession

by Editors on October 23, 2014

 photoIn the words of Indiana Jones, “it’s not the years, it’s the mileage”:

“The legal profession is aging as the percentage of younger lawyers continues to shrink in a decades-long trend…The most likely explanation, Henderson says, is that the rate of absorption of law grads into the licensed bar is steadily declining over time. “Arguably, the simplest explanation for these patterns is that it has gotten much harder over time to parlay a JD degree into paid employment as a licensed lawyer,” Henderson says. “So, faced with a saturated legal market, law school graduates have been pursuing careers outside of law.””

Read: As fewer law grads become lawyers, the profession shows its age at the American Bar Association

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