July 21, 2008
Bill Henderson's Bimodal Distribution of Law Firm Salaries & "The Two Americas"
Posted by Christine Hurt

Bill Henderson has more interesting data at Empirical Legal Studies on exactly when the U.S. legal market for new law school graduates became bimodal.  If you've followed Bill's work, you know that he has found that the average starting salary numbers, or even the median starting salary numbers, published by law schools are misleading because the distribution of starting salaries clumps at the low end and again at the high end.  However, Bill's post today shows that this was not always true and that in the early 90s, starting salaries were more evenly distributed, although somewhat skewed.  Go look for yourself.

So, as students contemplate the costs and benefits of law school, they should demand to see the true distribution from the law schools they are considering. 

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