There are industries and professions today that have their ups and downs as far as being in need and being obsolete. Manufacturing has had its ebbs and flows throughout the United States and fortunately is making a resurgence right now, but for years it lagged with less job opportunities and chances for advancement because the need was not there. But law professionals will always be needed, because people will continue to sue one another and because there always will be people who are needed to interpret the law and ensure people follow it.
Thus, legal employment has remained pretty consistent through the past handful of decades. If anything, the numbers actually have risen as more corporate entities have been created and more reasons for lawsuits have appeared. For these reasons, legal employment has always been and always will be simpler to obtain than in various other fields, stretching from journalism to web design to education. Other industries see their slow periods, but the legal field is almost always strong and in very capable hands.
The lawyer lifestyle that comes with legal employment can be more trying than in other industries, though. It compares more to the lifestyle of a medical doctor in that the 9 to 5 hours are thrown out the window and that responding to clients’ needs is a more dire concern. Often, it cannot wait until the next day to be settled, so often those with legal employment have to work longer hours and possibly sometimes on the weekends to fill every client’s need and to pore through the pages of documentation that go along with any kind of lawsuit or legal proceeding. In short, the legal employment is there, but the tradeoff is that the work is harder and takes up much more of these professionals’ time.
Most lawyers know all about this even when they are in law school and perhaps before then. These professionals pursue legal employment regardless, either because they see the dollar signs that accompany being a lawyer or because they have a real passion for the field. Law students and those applying for law school, then, ultimately seek legal employment with either private law practices or with government agencies or corporate businesses, where they know they will always find opportunities both for job placement and for career advancement. So you could say that some get into the field for the job security it provides.