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Stats Show Almost All UVA Law School Graduates Find Work

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It's no secret that in the current job market, new graduates are facing tough times. Even in this climate, the University of Virginia School of Law is finding work for almost all of its graduates.

At law schools across the country, only about 50 percent of the class of 2012 has found work, but the University of Virginia School of Law is being recognized for its job placement success: 99 percent of the graduates find meaningful work.

"If you are coming from a school like UVA you shouldn't just be focused on getting a job, you should be focused on trying to get a job where you are going to be able to make an impact on your world and to really feel like you've accomplished something you are happy about," said Kevin Donovan, University of Virginia School of Law assistant dean of career placement.  

UVA law's job placement beat out all of the other top law schools in the country - Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia. Donovan says that preparation begins early - in the first year of school.  

"A lot of people come and they don't understand the different areas of the law and so we sit down with them very early in their first year of law school so that they understand what lawyers do and also understand how their particular skills and strengths will interact with particular jobs," said Donovan.

That philosophy may be why the Atlantic Magazine just recognized Virginia law for finding not just jobs but meaningful jobs for graduates.  

Individual phone conferences, webinars, and other communications are part of the strategy.

Donovan says UVA law doesn't focus on rankings - even the good ones.

"Depending on who is doing it you can be up, you can be down. What we really focus on is the individual," said Donovan.

UVA law students seem to be having a good experience while they are scooping up work. Princeton Review ranked Virginia law number one this year for quality of life.

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