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Public Interest Lawyers
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for lawyers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2022, but record numbers of law school graduates have created strong competition for jobs, even though the number of graduates has begun to level off. Continued population growth and increased numbers of legal cases involving environmental, human rights, international law, elder abuse, and sexual harassment issues, among others, will create a steady demand for public interest lawyers. Law services will be more accessible to the middle-income public with the popularity of prepaid legal services and clinics.