Where the Legal Jobs Are in the First Half of 2017

By Robert Half on December 15, 2016 at 8:39pm


First half of 2017 Second half of 2016
Expanding/adding new positions 25% 31%
Maintaining/filling vacated positions 59% 51%
Freezing/not filling vacated or new positions 11% 12%
Reducing/eliminating positions 0% 0%

Lawyers were asked, “Which practice area will offer the greatest number of job opportunities in the first half of 2017?”

40% Litigation
16% General business/commercial law
7% Real estate
7% Family law
5% Regulatory or compliance
4% Labor and employment

Lawyers were asked, “Which areas of litigation will offer the greatest job opportunities in the first half of 2017?”

39% Commercial litigation
31% Insurance defense
14% Employment
7% Personal injury

*Multiple responses were permitted.

Only top responses are shown.

Source: Robert Half Legal survey of 200 lawyers with the largest law firms and legal departments in the United States

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