Legal employment for new lawyers plummeted after the recession, but larger firms were responsible for a disproportionate share of the reduced legal hiring, according to a law professor’s analysis. Law firms of 100 or more lawyers were responsible for more than half the entry-level law jobs lost since 2008, according to a review of employment numbers by University of North Carolina law professor Bernard Burk. His paper can be downloaded here. BigLaw hiring of new lawyers fell by more than one-third during the recent tumble into the New Normal, Burk writes in a paper. Meanwhile, hiring of new law grads at firms with less than 100 lawyers fell by about 5 percent, as did hiring in non-law-firm categories including business, judicial clerkships and public interest.
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