Earlier this month we reported that legal employment finally took a turn for the better in April. Will the news again be good when the May jobs numbers come out next week? Based on various reports in the past week that point to greater opportunities for lawyers, we’d argue that the upward trend might continue.

Am Law Daily sibling publication The National Law Journal reported on Tuesday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has multiple attorney openings, and has turned to a headhunter, Futurestep, to help fill the jobs. The NLJ notes that turning to outside help to manage the hiring process is less common for federal agencies than for private law firms. But given the number of openings, the job of filling them is a big one.

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