This year’s edition of sibling publication The National Law Journal‘s annual special report focuses on what, for many law students, is the bottom line: ­whether they stand any chance at all of landing a coveted ­associateship at a major law firm. On that count, the NLJ found the picture marginally brighter for the most recent law school grads—but that’s not saying much.

The report also examines trends in the hiring market, including a decline in large-firm participation in on-campus interviews. The move away from such interviews isn’t so much about firms no longer believing in the cattle show—although one firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, has come up with an alternative that it prefers—as much as a reflection of the fact there there are simply fewer entry-level jobs to fill. Some elite law graduates, meanwhile, are finding a new appreciation for the charms of midsize firms.

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