According to University of North Carolina law professor Bernard Burk, big law firms have decreased the number of entry-level positions available for new law graduates and it is unlikely that this will change any time soon.

Even though other types of legal jobs have not been affected as much, the loss of big law entry-level jobs has had a ripple effect. New attorneys that would have taken jobs at big law firms are now competing for small law firm, public-interest, and government jobs.

For more information about Professor Burk’s findings, see Karen Sloan’s article: Study: Slack Large-Firm Hiring is Everybody’s Headache.