The good news is that according to the National Association for Legal Professionals (NALP), the number of law school grads going into in-house positions upon graduation increased by 2.4% in 2010. While most of these positions were likely with large corporations that have a focus on hiring law school graduates, such as HP and Pfizer, some of these hires were likely students who had done exceptionally well in a legal internship or externship with a company while in school. Is this yet another reason to get legal experience while in law school?!
Now for the not so good news. Out of the 36,043 law school graduates in 2010, only 870 graduates (roughly 2%) went into in-house positions upon graduation. But that was more than the 700 graduates the previous two years!