Lawyers and Judges

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for lawyers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2022, but high numbers of law school graduates, the outsourcing of some legal services to lower cost legal providers that are located overseas, and staffing cuts at law firms have created strong competition for jobs. Continued population growth, typical business activities, and increased numbers of legal cases involving health care, antitrust, environmental, intellectual property, international law, venture capital, energy, corporate and security litigation, elder law, and sexual harassment issues, among others, will create demand for lawyers. Law services will be more accessible to the middle-income public with the popularity of prepaid legal services and clinics. However, stiff competition has and will continue to urge some lawyers to look outside the legal profession for employment. Administrative and managerial positions in real estate companies, banks, insurance firms, and government agencies are typical areas where legal training is useful.  

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