It can be hard to gage whose being impacted more or less by the economy back home when youíre going to school if a different market. One way you can do this is to join the local bar association as a student member in the market you want to target. Most will have job listevers. Sign up for that. While the jobs that will be posted will be for licensed attorneys and staff, thatís not the point of joining. The point of doing this is that you will see, based on the job postings and frequancy what firms are hiring and which are not. You can thus keep tabs on local firms from a distance. If a firm is hiring attorneys and staff it means they are growing in this economy and not contracting. If you pay enough attention you can also get an idea of what pratcie areas seem to be the most in demand in that city. Target your mass mailings to those firms and those practice areas.