Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Where have all the skilled associates gone?

This story from the ABA Journal blog says that 200 law firms surveyed by the consulting firm Robert Half Legal complained that they are having difficulty finding experienced attorneys in certain hot practice areas (free download of the report here).

Legal hiring is on the increase in both law firms and corporations, but lawyers who are benefiting are those with experience in hot practice areas, according to a new report by Robert Half Legal.

The search for attorneys with the right experience has led to a tight job market and complaints by some hiring lawyers, according to the report and a Robert Half Legal survey of 200 lawyers working at the nation’s largest law firms and corporations. Forty-nine percent of the lawyers polled said it is challenging for their law firms or companies to find skilled legal professionals today.

Law firms are expanding lucrative practice groups in areas such as litigation, health care, bankruptcy and corporate transactions, according to the report (PDF), the "Robert Half Legal 2012 Salary Guide." Firms are hiring experienced associates, particularly those in high-demand practice areas such as litigation, employment, real estate and corporate law. Experienced paralegals with litigation and e-discovery backgrounds are also in big demand.

Corporations, meanwhile, are expanding their in-house legal teams and hiring more paralegals. Companies are also hiring more compliance managers, contract managers and contract administrators, and are looking at candidates for some of these positions with law degrees.

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Here's a closer look at why there aren't enough talented midlevel associates out there:

Spoiler: firms laid off all their junior associates.

Posted by: BL1Y | Oct 21, 2011 7:27:25 AM

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