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Survey: Law Firm Hiring to Expand in Q4

By Jason Beahm on September 24, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Brace yourself.

There is good news on the horizon, according to the results or a recent survey.

Law firm hiring is expected to increase in the fourth quarter of this year. According to projections, legal hiring is expected to rise by 23 percent. Even better, 88 percent of the respondents reported feeling at least somewhat confident that their organization will expand throughout the remainder of 2010.

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm for Robert Half Legal, a staffing firm that specializes in hiring attorneys, paralegals and other skilled legal professionals. An independent research firm contacted law firms and companies through telephone interviews and asked: "Does your law firm or company plan to increase or decrease the number of full-time legal personnel on your staff during the fourth quarter of 2010?"

The survey reached 100 attorneys at law firms with 20 or more employees, as well as an additional 100 corporate attorneys at companies with over 1,000 employees. Those who were contacted for the survey all had hiring authority within their organizations.

"As the economy regains its footing, legal organizations continue to make strategic hires to support active practice groups," said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal in a press release. "Law firms, in particular, are expanding their legal teams to improve service offerings and meet client demands." Volkert suggested that some of the top areas of legal hiring look to be in government regulation, bankruptcy/foreclosure, litigation and healthcare.

So you're out of excuses if you have been slacking in your job search because you think the legal world is hopeless due to the struggling economy. Law firms hiring is about to expand. It's time to get out there and make it happen.

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