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Steady increase in law firm recruiting continues

February 17, 2016

The last summer recruiting recycle for law graduates was the biggest since the recession, a report from the National Association for Law Placement found.

The report, Perspectives on 2015 Law Student Recruiting, said law firms have continuously increased their entry-level recruiting activity since the 2008-09 recession, and this last recruiting cycle was the biggest since that time.

The report also said there was increase in the number of summer associate offers made this year, from 93.4 to 95.3 percent. That’s an increase of more than 25 percent from the 69 percent mark at the height of the recession in 2009.

Fifty-nine percent of law firms reported making more offers for summer 2016 than for summer 2015 positions, and more than half of law schools in all regions reported an increase in the number of law firms visiting campus during spring on-campus interviewing.

The report says smaller law school graduating classes could be one reason for the increase.

However, not everything was looking up. Demand for legal services remains flat, NALP Executive Director James Leipold said in the report, and some say the headcount at firms is still too high.

Even so, the report said law firm recruiting for summer programs should remain high.

“Absent another macro-economic disruption of some sort, it is likely that we will see increased intensity in the recruiting arena throughout 2016,” Leipold said in a press release.

 The full report can be found at http://www.nalp.org/uploads/Perspectiveson2015RecruitingFinal.pdf

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