Thursday, March 10, 2011

One legal staffing firm says demand for contract attorneys will be strong next quarter

While the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the legal sector lost 2,900 jobs in February, one legal staffing recruiter says demand for contract and project attorneys will be strong next quarter. Particularly desired specialities include litigation, general business/commercial and bankruptcy/foreclosure work. Robert Half Legal is especially interested in associates with five or more years experience.  From the National Jurist magazine:

Twenty-nine percent of lawyers interviewed for the quarterly Robert Half Legal Hiring Index plan to add legal staff in the next three months and none plan reductions in personnel. The net increase in hiring activity is down one point from the first-quarter forecast.

The vast majority — 81 percent — of lawyers polled are at least somewhat confident in their organizations' ability to expand in the second quarter. Hiring activity is expected to take place predominantly at law firms, and litigation is the practice area predicted to see the most growth in the coming months.

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'Law firms are seeking associates with five or more years of experience who can hit the ground running, guiding clients through complex matters related to corporate and commercial litigation, insurance defense and individual lawsuits,' [Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal] said. 'Companies that are seeing renewed business activity need help handling an increase in commercial transactions.'

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