Where the Legal Jobs Are in the Second Half of 2016 (U.S.)

By Robert Half June 16, 2016 at 8:12am

WHERE THE LEGAL JOBS ARE IN THE SECOND HALF OF 2016

Lawyers were asked, “Which of the following best describes your company’s hiring plans?”

Second half of 2016 First half of 2016
Expanding/adding new positions 31% 24%
Maintaining/filling vacated positions 51% 54%
Freezing/not filling vacated or new positions 12% 15%
Reducing/eliminating positions 0% 1%

Lawyers were asked, “Which practice area will offer the greatest number of job opportunities in the second half of 2016?”

41% Litigation
21% General business/corporate law
7% Real Estate
6% Family law
5% Regulatory or compliance
3% Intellectual property

Lawyers were asked, “Which areas of litigation will offer the greatest job opportunities in the second half of 2016?”*

43% Insurance defense
43% Commercial litigation
16% Personal injury
8% Employment

*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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