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Thursday, March 8, 2012

NALP: The New Normal in Law Student Hiring -- Tepid Growth

NALP logoNALP, Law Firm Recruiting Volumes Inch Up, Making Modest Gains After Recession-Era Declines:

After losing more than 45,000 jobs during "the Great Recession," the legal sector continued to erode jobs, albeit at a much slower pace, through the end of 2011, even as the national employment picture as a whole began to improve. Nevertheless, recruiting volumes by U.S. law firms on the campuses of U.S. law schools showed modest gains during the late summer and early fall of 2011, reflecting some growing confidence by law firm leadership. Entry-level recruiting volumes have certainly not returned to the robust levels routinely measured in the years leading up to the recession, but 2011 marked the second year in a row in which law firms returned to law school campuses in somewhat greater numbers than the year before after slashing their recruiting efforts in 2008 and 2009. These are among the key findings reported in NALP's just-released Perspectives on Fall 2011 Law Student Recruiting, an annual report based on NALP surveys on selected aspects of fall recruitment activity and the experiences of both legal employers and law schools. [Click on chart to enlarge.]


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