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Legal Job Losses in May

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 1,000 legal jobs were lost in May. After initially reporting encouraging news in April--the Bureau posted a gain of 1,500 law jobs--those figures were revised to instead show a loss of 700 positions that month. (The Am Law Daily notes that it is not unusual...

Stagnant Legal Hiring Trend May Have Pre-Dated the Recession

Lasting changes predicted for the Legal Industry A dramatic transformation is occurring in the legal profession, according to an ABA Journal report. You probably realized that, but what may not have been as obvious is the origination of this large structural shift in the industry. The decline appears...

Are Lean Times the “New Normal” in New Attorney Hiring?

There are no short memories when it comes to the actions law firms had to take to stay afloat during the recent recession, and recurring nightmares about it continue to mean reduced prospects for those at the bottom rung of the legal profession ladder. Even as the economy begins to rebound and business...

Recent Ups and Downs in Legal Hiring

The headlines on employment overall are encouraging. The Labor Department reports that unemployment dropped to 8.3% in January. For the legal profession, the January figures are promising with a thousand new jobs reported. The downside of that statistic is that 1,800 legal sector jobs evaporated in December...