Look on law school numbers it is the best site for those kind of questions.
No, actually, it's not. That's the whole point of this thread. There are so few numbers on there for URM candidates, particularly African American applicants, that people ask here instead of looking at the tiny sample size on LSN.
I know with a bachelor's degree who has never had a job period. Education is a risk I hope it is not news to anybody, but that is the way it is. No school has your back at the end of the day if your a Harvard Grad and you fail the bar your not getting your tuition money back same things applies at Cooley. It is a tough profession to get into and it may or may not work out. You someone on facebook with a law degree is looking for a waitress job wow I know a guy who recently graduated from GGU making 200,000 a year right now. Those are both extreme examples and for the majority of people it will be somewhere in the middle they will probably find a job making 50K or 60k at the beginning and as you get more experience like in any field your pay will increase that is the general rule in any business.
That's the point. Law is not like other fields. Your first job will, for the overwhelming majority of people, determine the rest of your career. It's not like people get hired as contract attorneys or at some small dog-bites-man law firm, and then they get scooped up as a partner in a large firm. It just doesn't happen. Being a lawyer and making 50K is not the same as being a middle manager for a company and making 50K.
Yes the loans will be a female dog to pay off. You can do income-based repayment, defer your loans, etc. It is a huge financial risk and not something you should take lightly, but at the end of the day you are learning a skill that you will have for 40 years the rest of your life actually. This girl working as a waitress will probably find a legal job at some point. That is why I say that a degree lasts your entire life getting yoru foot in the door in any industry is hard.
The girl working as a waitress *might* find a legal job at some point. Or she could have soundly f*cked her career up because she may not ever be able to find a law job and then other employers won't want to hire her because they think she 1) will leave at any moment for a legal position, or 2) is "overeducated." It's a screwed up system, but that's the way it is.
I understand that you want to be optimistic. That's great and I certainly encourage you to do so. But to overly optimistically advise 0Ls about their prospects of a job after law school, in an economy where legal jobs have contracted (and may not ever return to pre-ITE numbers) is not right, IMO.