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According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for lawyers is expected to grow by about 4 percent, about as fast as the average for all careers, through 2029. Competition for jobs continues, as always to be keen due to the high numbers of law school graduates (although the number has declined in recent years), the outsourcing of some legal services to lower cost legal providers that are located overseas, and staffing cuts at law firms. In addition, the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has disrupted the legal industry, causing many firms to cut their budgets and scale back on staffing. As described by Robert Half International, "law firms and corporate legal departments are adjusting to new business realities brought on by the COVID-19 crisis, with changes to the way they operate, recruit, and offer services." The long-term impact of the pandemic on the legal profession is yet to be determined. In the meantime, more law firms, to offset lower or stagnant wages, are offering benefits to lawyers such as off-site work and wellness perks. Job growth for lawyers is expected to pick up later in 2021.

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