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As is true with most business and professional sectors, the current economic downturn has greatly affected law firms. The Law Tracker on the Web site LawShucks counted 12,196 people laid off by major firms in 2009. Of that number, 7,563, or 62%, were staff members, including law librarians and paralegals. Fortunately the majority of these reported layoffs occurred during the first half of 2009. Although most experts predict that it will be a long time before law firm employment returns to 2007 levels, most believe that mass layoffs have leveled off.
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