Legal Sector Shed 1,200 Jobs in April

, The Am Law Daily


The drop erases a gain of 1,200 jobs in March, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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  • Barry

    Margaret, what this means is that the number of jobs is flat. The law schools are still cranking out students (the lower class sizes will graduate in a year or two). My guesses would also be that (a) voluntary retirements are down, due to house valuation and stock portfolio losses, and (b) fewer lawyers are voluntarily leaving for non-law jobs, since the job market stinks.

  • Margaret Ames

    What I would like to see answered: How many people in the legal field are looking for work (professional or staff)? How has this affected salaries and benefits? How do the numbers compare to those five years ago? Ten years ago?

    From all that has been written about the legal field, in the past few years, it would appear that the overall changes are far worse than these numbers suggest. If I am wrong, please feel free to correct me.

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