An analysis of the legal job market by a consultant at Hildebrandt Baker Robbins shows that nearly 27 percent of the 65,000 non-partner positions at Am Law 200 firms could be cut or recategorized as lower-paying positions over the next five to seven years. According to Hildebrandt managing director Lisa Smith, roughly 17,500 jobs could disappear within that time frame.

Smith, who heads the consultancy’s law firm strategy and structure practice group, was responsible for the anaylsis, which caused quite a stir in the legal blogosphere. While Hildebrandt is not preparing an official report on the future of the legal job market, Smith took some time Tuesday morning to talk to us about her findings, which can be accessed in full on Hildebrandt’s blog.

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