NLJ survey shows marginal growth at top US firms

June 13, 2013 The National Law Journal’s annual survey of the biggest US law firms shows a small amount of growth over the past year. The survey, which looks at data from the 350 largest law firms in the US, recorded overall growth in headcount of 1.1 per cent across the group, down from 1.7 per cent in 2011. 140 of the law firms in the group actually decreased in size.
In 2012, just 622 associates were recruited by the top 350 law firms, a very low figure in light of the number of students graduating law school each year.
The largest firm by lawyer headcount was DLA Piper with 4,036 lawyers, followed by Baker & McKenzie (4,004) lawyers, Jones Day (2,363), Hogan Lovells (2,280), and Latham & Watkins (2,033).

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