As THE CONNECTICUT LAW TRIBUNE reports, since 2008, the law school's rankings in U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT have gone down 16 points. The school is now ranked 62. That's a long way from the T-14, which makes it more difficult for its graduates to get jobs.
Paul will stay on through the 2012 - 2013 academic year as dean as the search for his replacement goes on. After that he will continue his career at UConn as a professor.
Here in Connecticut the job market for newbie lawyers has been bad even before the Crash of 2007. Lawyers I spoke to, even if they had experience from part-time legal jobs during their schooling, still had to beat the bushes for about a year. If they did land something, it tended to be low paying. A few of them gave up the dream of practicing law and took positions associated with compliance in the insurance industry which dominates Hartford.