In what appears to be early signs of an economic recovery for law firms, and perhaps the legal market overall, law schools are seeing signs of an unfreezing of law firm hiring. Although organizations such as NALP are cautious about projecting potential hiring, and it appears the numbers of summer associates being hired isn’t quite reaching the level of 3 or 4 years ago, the numbers do seem promising.
Could this also be positive signs for the public interest market as well? Might be hard to tell (the article doesn’t really focus on it), but it’s certainly promising to hear people being hired out of law school. This article provides some statistics on the market, but focuses largely on the New York market. Full article can be found on law.com: http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202464421323.