Paul L. Caron

Thursday, March 17, 2011

'Soft Bounce' in Entry-Level Associate Hiring

NALP has released Perspectives on Fall 2010 Law Student Recruiting: Entry-Level Recruiting Experiences Small Bounce. From NALP's press release:

Most of the markers that measure the strength of the legal employment market for new lawyers, such as law firm recruiting levels for summer programs and summer program outcomes, rose slightly in 2010, a change in course following the general downward trend in recruiting volumes that was measured in 2008 and 2009. While entry-level recruiting volumes and summer program sizes have not returned to anything like the levels measured before the recession, the information provided by NALP members about summer programs in 2010 and fall 2010 recruiting show a modest rebound in recruiting volumes. ...

The offer rate from summer programs for entry-level associate positions rebounded just over eighteen points, to 87.4%, after plunging from 89.9% in 2008 to 69.3% in 2009. [Click on chart to enlarge.]


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