NALP data shows this summer is the 5th year in a row of overall increasing SA class sizes. Looks like we are getting more leverage.http://www.nationallawjournal.com/home/id=1202719572794/SummerAssociate-Hiring-Increases-for-Fifth-Straight-Year?mcode=1202617074964&curindex=0&slreturn=20150205095447
“During the last couple of years we have seen some bobbling numbers in the markers that describe law student recruiting volumes. But this past fall, for the first time since the recession, we see some clear markers of recovery," said NALP executive director James Leipold said.
There was also good news for law students who worked as summer associates during the summer of 2014: More than 93 percent received permanent job offers, surpassing the offer rate in 2007, the prerecession peak.
"In general, law firms remain cautious in their first-year hiring but in some sectors that hiring is once again becoming aggressive—particularly in the race for perceived top talent, driven perhaps in part by some anxiety that smaller entering law school classes going forward will mean a slimmer talent pool to be divided amongst competitors,” Leipold said.
“Certainly the industry continues to experience change at a breakneck pace, and it is hard to look very far ahead with any confidence, but it seems pretty clear that the summer and fall recruiting season that is shaping up for 2015 will be one of the most competitive we have seen in some time."
ETA: Link to actual data