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Maybe I’m reading a bit much into this announcement from the Dorraine Zief Law Library at the University of San Francisco, but, the fact that Westlaw has decided to allow graduating law students access to their law school Westlaw IDs through the end of November seems to be a sign that even the folks up in Eagan, MN know it’s a tough market for law grads.

Graduates that go to extend their passwords by May 30th can have access to Westlaw classic and WestlawNext through their student logon. According to the USF post:

Graduates who extend their password will receive access to WestlawNext and Westlaw Classic through November 2013 instead of just through July.  The exact number of monthly access hours is not available, but is at least 40 hours per month.

Graduating students who have already extended their access don’t have to do anything further to get the extension through November.  There’s a link to the extension site in an  e-mail sent to graduating students.  Students may also click the “Need Westlaw this Summer?” ad on

I’m glad that Thomson Reuters decided to allow grads to keep access to this very expensive resource to help keep their research skills fresh as they are hunting for work. Of course, I’m wonder who will be the first grad to put on his or her resume that “if you hire me, I’ll have 40 hours of free Westlaw searching I can bring with me”?? Please, don’t be that person!!

After discussing the sad ABA’s Law School Graduate Employment Data with Toby yesterday, he mentioned that it would be kind of cool to see some of the stats broken out into a Wordle to see which schools stood out in a “visual” way. So, just for fun, I started playing around with some of the good and bad stats based on number of graduates and the type of employment those graduates reported have. One of the things that I kept noticing as I went through the “good” numbers, was how often the University of Virginia (UVA) kept ranking near the top. Of course, these are very generic statistics (and we all know the issues surrounding the ‘fudging’ of stats by schools lately), but just looking at these, it was pretty clear that if you want to jump out of law school and have a job, UVA is one of the best options for you. Just in case you were wondering… the University of Puerto Rico, and Whittier College consistently hold down the bottom of most of the statistics.

Here’s some of the stats that I compiled out of the data and formatted into a Wordle… enjoy.

Full-Time Employment that requires a JD

Any Employment that requires a JD


(AKA – “Screw it… I gotta get a job!”)