rayiner wrote:There was a huge run-up from 2005-2007. The number of NLJ 250 spots went up from 5,376 in 2005 to 7,131 in 2007 (+33%): http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics ... rticle.pdf (pg. 2). My estimate is that there were about ~4,500-5,000 NLJ 250 jobs in 2011, and probably over 5,000 in 2012 (based what I've read about summer recruiting for C/O 2012).
In terms of big law hiring, I don't think we're far off from pre-boom hiring numbers.
That's actually an incredibly fascinating article you linked to. Reading it gives me more hope that at least someone in this industry has their head screwed on straight.
Needless to say, it supports a lot of what I'm saying, aside from the statistic you quoted. It should be a must-read for everyone who participates in this thread, and basically everyone involved in the legal industry.