The legal sector hasn’t been doing too well lately regarding employment, the National Jurist reports. According to the September Bureau of Labor Statistics Report, law jobs were down for the second month in a row, with a decrease of 1,300 jobs last month.
This slump affects new layers more severely, as the annual salary guide from Robert Half Legal reveals that “lawyers with four-to-seven years experience in high demand practice areas are seeing increased demand, while the market for law school graduates and new lawyers is still very tough.” The WSJ Law Blog also notes that in-house is doing more of the work, which then compels outside counsel to up its game. Most lawyers who were surveyed predicted that general business and commercial law “would see the most growth in the next three years,” followed by litigation and healthcare law.
Nonetheless, the economy at large is on its way up, with growth in areas such as healthcare, professional and business services, the temporary help industry, construction, and computer systems design.