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

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


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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