ERIC Number: ED245737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-1
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up Study of 1983 Legal Technology Graduates. Volume 12, No. 14.
Hildebrandt, Sharrie; Lucas, John A.
A follow-up study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to determine the employment and educational status of graduates of the Legal Technology (LTE) program 6 months after receiving their degree. Attempts were made to contact all 59 1983 LTE graduates for telephone interviews and compare their responses to findings from previous surveys of program graduates. Study findings, based on an 81% response rate, included the following: (1) over the past 4 years, 43% to 49% of the LTE graduates had found employment in a law office, compared to 24.5% in the 1970's; (2) of the 1983 graduates, almost 69% were employed either in a law office or a law-related area; (3) the total voluntary and involuntary unemployment rate among graduates was 12.5%, contrasted with an unemployment rate of almost 30% in the 1970's; (4) the percentage of students who were working in jobs unrelated to law had increased each year, reaching a high of 12.5% in 1983; (5) there was a growing tendency for LTE graduates to work for the same firm they were working for when they entered the program, with half of the employed graduates in 1983 following this pattern; (6) approximately 38% of the 1983 graduates were working in WRHC's district; (7) the average salary of the 1983 employed graduates was $16,825, which was unchanged from the previous year; and (8) approximately 31% of the LTE graduates had continued their education. The interview schedule and detailed findings are included. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.