Law Jobs Will Be Harder to Come By

The class of 2010 will likely face a tougher road to finding a job than past classes, an analyst warns.

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"Last year, I would say that the associate market was dead and buried," Jameson says. "This year, they're digging out of the grave. We are seeing firms looking to bring in associates on a very limited basis." 

And for the sector as a whole, Labor Department reports over the past few months showed a gradual slowing of job losses before May's first employment uptick, Leipold says. 

"We need to see more than one month to call it a trend in terms of job gains," he says. "But it's better than job losses."