PAPERS, NEWS REPORTS, AND LAW JOURNALS HAVE BEEN PLAGUED WITH STORIES ABOUT THE SHIFTING LEGAL PROFESSION. In the golden years, before the nation’s economy tanked in 2008, Big Law was somewhat insulated from the minor hiccups in the financial market. But those days are long gone—and those ways of thinking are as well. Inflated billable hours? Not likely. In an ever-increasing global world, smart businesses and firms are producing more with less—downsizing staff and increasing efficiencies. So what does this new landscape mean for lawyers and law students? In Texas—where the economy is robust, oil and gas is abundant, and housing is relatively inexpensive—it translates to more people moving to the Lone Star State in search of legal jobs. There is a higher demand for experienced candidates, which means the job market is tougher for recent law school graduates and associates looking to build careers, and seasoned attorneys are going lateral, building portable businesses that they can take anywhere. This month the Texas Bar Journal explores changes facing the legal profession in Texas, from spotlighting two law schools, one with a new name and one seeking ABA accreditation, that discuss how they plan to help reshape the way future generations of lawyers learn and practice; to hearing from a third-year law student struggling to find work. We examine a new State Bar of Texas program focused on alternative careers and learn from a legal recruiter about how to adapt in a changing environment. We thank board of editors members John G. Browning and Talmage Boston for assisting with this issue. If you have comments about the Texas Bar Journal, contact managing editor Patricia Busa McConnico at (800) 204-2222, ext. 1520 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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