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New Results from After the JD, II: Seven Years into a Lawyer’s Career

Spring 2009

Researching Law, Vol. 20, No. 2

The deep economic recession of 2008-09 has brought into sharp relief issues related to lawyers’ career paths. In recent months, lawyers and new law graduates have witnessed layoffs and hiring freezes of unprecedented frequency and scale as firms attempt to pare costs and tailor their workforces to reduced volumes of business. The second wave of data collection for ABF’s After the JD Project collected a recent snapshot of lawyers’ career paths in the years directly preceding the Great Recession. This edition of Researching Law presents the findings from Wave 2, collected by ABF’s Robert Nelson, Bryant Garth, and Ronit Dinovitzer.