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ANALYSIS: Lawyer Jobs Down 15% in 6 Months; May Be Long Recovery

July 31, 2020, 10:46 AM

Lawyer employment information is hard to come by. But when we analyze the data we have, we find that lawyers have taken the brunt of legal industry job cuts in 2020. And, unlike prior periods, 2020’s losses in lawyer employment were not immediately preceded by losses in non-lawyer employment (which include lawyers working in adjacent legal fields, such as judges, as well as paraprofessionals).

As a profession, we rely on rumor, anecdotal evidence, and occasional press releases to gain an understanding of the jobs situation for lawyers. If we are very lucky, reporters like Meghan Tribe of Bloomberg Law will...

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