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Jewish Law School Graduates May Find Greater Difficulty in Obtaining Jobs, Study Finds

June 14, 1949
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Jewish law school graduate may experience greater difficulty in obtaining Jobs because of large graduating classes which heighten competition, it was reported in a survey made public today by Louis J. Obermayer, chairman of the B’nai B’rith vocational service commission. The survey established that despite the distinct pattern of discrimination in the legal field young Jewish lawyers had little trouble establishing themselves during the immediate postwar years.

The study, which was carried out by the Elmo Roper organization among 50 deans and professors in 33 different law schools throughout the country, disclosed that the field is divided up among so-called Gentile firms, Jewish firms, and “mixed” firms. The professors and deans generally found it useless to send even their best Jewish graduates to a Gentile” firm, although a few of the educators sometimes do refer top Jewish students to such organizations for employment. The problem is usually solved by the educators by sending a Jewish law school graduate to Jewish or mixed firms only in order to save the job applicant from “embarrassment,” the report said.

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