It's not the 2009 grads, or even the 2010 grads -- it's the current second-years, says the author. Here's the reasoning:
With the top firms feeling the worst of the crunch, students are expanding their job search to smaller firms and even government work. At the Social Security Administration, applications have jumped 150 percent.
The timing is worst for the class of 2011, the second-years now looking to get into firms, because of a unique logjam created last year. After the September financial crisis, firms chose to defer their new hires at the price of steeply cutting recruiting this year.
This is truly horrible news, but in broader context, it's just another chapter in the larger story that we've never recorded worse job search conditions ever recorded in American history. As I wrote here, the Great Recession has gutted workweek hours to a record low, pushed part-time work to a record high and created the worst hiring rate we've ever recorded. It's terrible, but not terribly surprising, that high class law firms are feeling the same pinch as the rest of the economy.
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