In a down economy, all law firms are affected in some way. However, larger law firms are often affected far more than smaller law firms. Small law firms have less than 50 attorneys and are likely to be in the range of 25 or fewer lawyers. Because they are more lean and do not overstaff, but rather, hire as needed, they generally do not suffer the lay-offs and reductions of larger firms. As such, small firms are often more likely to hire in a down economy than the larger firms. Since small firms rely heavily on word-of-mouth when hiring, it is imperative to network and to utilize informational meetings to introduce yourself to key partners in small firms. Contact the Career Services Department today to schedule an appointment to discuss your strategy for reaching out to a small firm.