In the summer of 2010, thirty-three students graduated from CESL. Thirty-one students were awarded a Double Master's with either an LLM or JM from CUPL and an LLM from UHH. One German student was awarded an LLM from UHH and one Chinese student was awarded an LLM from CUPL.
Three students have been accepted to read for doctorates at CUPL, Hong Kong University and Nagoya University respectively; one student decided not to seek employment this year; one German student and one Hong Kong student will seek employment outside of mainland China. Thus twenty-seven students were looking for employment in mainland China: apart from one student who had still not found employment, the remaining twenty-six had all signed contracts prior to leaving CESL.
Table 1: CESL graduate employment by industry.
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Table 2: CESL graduate employment by city.
If it is taken that:
Employment rate= number of students who have signed a contract/ number of eligible students x 100%.
And the number of eligible students is calculated as:
Total number of students minus (students going on to read doctorates plus students from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao and foreign students, plus students who decided not seek employment this year).
26/27 x 100 %= 96.3%
Then CESL’s employment rate is 96.3%. All 26 employed students succeeded in finding their jobs one to three month before their graduation.
Using the number of graduate students who are seeking employment in Mainland China as the base, the above figures show that: 78 percent of graduates will enter the legal profession, 78 percent of students will work in Beijing, 100 percent of students will work in large cities.
The statistics also show that 15 percent of this year's graduates originate from the countryside, 30 percent are from towns and 55 percent from cities. Among students from cities, 5 are from large cities like Changsha, Jinan, Shenyang and Tianjin, and none is from Beijing. The data shows that one advantage of studying law at a university in Beijing is that students who come from the countryside, towns, counties, second and third tier cities can come to the big city, students from large cities other than Beijing can come to Beijing. Students who hold a legal degree have also undoubtedly increased their ability to compete in the Beijing job market.
However, if we believe that the legal profession should not be overly concentrated in metropolitan areas an important question, which merits serious thought, is: How can students who graduated from universities in Beijing be encouraged to find employment in second and third tier cities, the countryside or to return to their hometown?