Most States Saw Lawyer Surplus Grow from 2009 to 2011

, The Am Law Daily


Two years after the first state-by-state breakdowns of annual law graduate and lawyer surpluses revealed just how bleak the legal industry's employment picture had become, revised state government data show that many parts of the country have seen an increase in the number of law school graduates and licensed attorneys for each available job.

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  • Andrew

    According to the BLS, the projected job outlook for lawyers is 10% from 2010 to 2020. While there have been less job openings at firms and companies for lawyers in the last few years, more openings seem to be coming up and firms are hiring again. Although it is not the big amount of hiring firms were doing several years ago, any hiring is a good thing. Many recent law graduates are out of work and are unable to find employment, unless they were lucky enough to graduate from one of the Top 10 ranked law schools. is a source of jobs for attorney job opportunities and can help unemployed lawyers find the work they've been trying to get. Future law student class sizes are getting smaller and will continue to slowly decrease in size until the supply of lawyers meets the demand in the market. Once this happens, unemployment for lawyers will not be as big of an issue.

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