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Legal Sector Hiring Shows Shift In Demand And Practices

Law360 (March 13, 2018, 4:13 PM EDT) -- The legal services sector added jobs for the third year in a row in 2017, but a deeper analysis shows it is far from getting back to the record high employment levels reached in the mid-2000s amid a shift in how law firms are doing business following changes in technology and client demand.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics last week finalized its employment numbers for December, placing the number of people working in the U.S. legal sector at approximately 1,137,100 at the end of 2017. The BLS classifies the legal services sector as establishments of legal practitioners such as lawyers and...

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