Legal Recruitment Surges in March
The number of legal jobs employers were looking to fill was 31 percent higher in March than it was a year ago, according to job ad website Monster.com.
In Monster's employment index -- a kind of Dow Jones average for online job ads, and by extrapolation, hiring activity in general -- vacant legal jobs jumped from 185 in March 2006 to 243 the same month this year. The index had been at just 209 in February, posting the largest one-month increase of any profession.
"While online recruitment activity for legal professionals typically intensifies at this time of the year, the sharp increase in online recruitment activity in the earlier months of January and February suggests an overall strengthening in demand for both experienced attorneys and recent law school graduates, primarily in the private sector," according to the company's report.
For all kinds of jobs, the employment index rose 8 points in March, to 185.