Where the Legal Jobs Are, December 2017 Update

By December 12, 2017 at 8:35pm

WHERE THE LEGAL JOBS ARE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2018

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

FIRST HALF OF 2018 SECOND HALF OF 2017
Expanding/adding new positions 22% 33%
Maintaining/filling vacated positions 51% 51%
Freezing/not filling vacated or new positions 14% 6%
Freezing/not filling vacated or new positions 0% 3%

Lawyers were asked, “Which practice area will offer the greatest number of job opportunities in the first half of 2018?”

38%: Litigation
12%: General business/commercial law
5%: Regulatory or compliance
5%: Family law
3%: Intellectual property

Lawyers were asked, “Which areas of litigation will offer the greatest job opportunities in the first half of 2018?”*

48%: Insurance defense
33%: Commercial litigation
11%: Personal injury
9%: 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

© 2017 Robert Half Legal. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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