The market is very slowly improving. When we start receiving job orders from law firms for associates in certain practice areas we generally take that as a good sign. These practice areas include corporate, trademark, and tax. We first see the changes in the East Coast, and then it spreads throughout the country’s major markets. 2010 will be better than 2009 but not as good as 2008. If you are thinking of moving to a new firm, my recommendation is to stay put BUT speak with a recruiter to see what is realistic. I generally recommend people stay at their current firm if there is nothing pushing them out and wait for another year to resume a job search. But, if you stay in touch with a trusted and honest recruiter, then you will be aware of what is happening in the market and of any unusually good job opportunities.
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