According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and detailed in The Am Law Daily, the growth in legal sector jobs has reversed course. After two straight months of job growth, March numbers show a loss of 1,300 legal-related jobs.
Although the employment market in general continues to show slow but steady improvement, legal sector employment is still a far cry from where we were prior to the recession.
Those hit hardest are undoubtedly recent law school graduates who are entering the workforce to the tune of roughly 45,000 a year. Competition is fierce at all levels in the legal market but particularly difficult for those with little more than a Juris Doctorate in hand.