It’s no surprise that, during a recession, the legal job market tightens and legal employment is harder to find. Big Law firms that once snapped up students and law school graduates are laying-off lawyers, reducing associate class size or deferring the start dates for students with accepted job offers. Legal employers are changing the ways they recruit lawyers and the way they do business. Meanwhile, the tough times are steering more applicants to law school. What does this mean to currently enrolled law students, law school applicants and freshly-minted law school graduates? We interviewed law school deans of admission, financial aid and career services, the Executive Director at NALP and the writer for the Wall Street Journal who covers notable trends in the legal market for the business community, to get their advice on what can be done to navigate one’s career and application during these challenging times.
- Jason Wu Trujillo, Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, The University of Virginia Law School
- Johann Lee, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Northwestern University Law School
- Kevin Donovan, Senior Assistant Dean for Career Services, The University of Virginia Law School
- Carole Montgomery, Director of the Career Development Office at The George Washington University Law School
- Jim Leipold, Executive Director at NALP, National Association for Law Placement
- Ashby Jones, The Law Blog at the Wall Street Journal