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News: Legal Job Report

According to the recently published preliminary jobs numbers for 2012, hiring in the legal sector contributed a net increase of 7,800 jobs to the overall employment picture. This is just a 0.7 percent increase over the 2011 final numbers.

Overall, the legal industry grew at just half the rate of the broader economy, where the total number of jobs increased by 1.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

60,100 jobs in the legal sector were lost between the beginning of 2008 and the end of 2009.

The decreased demand for legal services, which dipped 0.4 percent from 2008 to 2012 and the recently very cautious approach to hiring adopted by law firms may mean that employment in the legal sector might never fully bounce back to the growth levels seen before 2008.

However, these current gloomy hiring trends are based on the current realities of legal work, which may change again over the coming years.

Things could improve, especially for paralegals, as more law firms are shifting work that was once handled by attorneys to paralegals in order to reduce cost and be able to offer their clients more affordable solutions.