The State of Legal Hiring - Infographic

By June 11, 2019 at 8:00am

STATE OF LEGAL HIRING: JANUARY – JUNE 2019

Where the Legal Jobs Are in the U.S.

Practice areas expected to offer the greatest number of job opportunities in the first half of 2019:

Litigation (32%)
Privacy, data security, information law (12%)
General business or commercial law (11%)
Ethics/corporate governance (11%)

Areas of litigation expected to offer the greatest number of job opportunities:*

Commercial litigation (48%)
Insurance defense (41%)
Employment (36%)

Top full-time legal jobs being added:*

Lawyer (77%)
Legal secretary (57%)
Paralegal (51%)

Top criteria for employers when hiring lawyers, aside from legal knowledge:

Practice area expertise (36%)
Technology skills/digital expertise (18%)
Client contacts/book of business (15%)

47% of lawyers plan to expand legal teams in the next six months.

22% of open positions will be filled on a temporary, project or consulting basis.

Only top responses are shown.

*Multiple responses were permitted.

Source: Robert Half Legal online survey of 200 lawyers with law firms and companies in the United States.

© 2018 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

STATE OF LEGAL HIRING: JANUARY – JUNE 2019

Hiring and Retention Concerns in the U.S.

91% of lawyers said it is challenging to find skilled legal professionals today.

Greatest challenges when hiring skilled legal professionals:

Shortage of qualified candidates (44%)
Meeting salary expectations (23%)
Offering competitive benefits (20%)

80% of lawyers are concerned with losing top legal performers to other opportunities in the next six months.

Best retention incentives, aside from compensation or bonus:

Flexible work arrangements (38%)
Professional development opportunities (26%)
Company perks (12%)

Only top responses are shown.

Source: Robert Half Legal online survey of 200 lawyers with law firms and companies in the United States.

© 2018 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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