Legal Professionals in Highest Demand

Within each scoring indicator, a role is awarded points if its demand is above average compared with other legal roles. A role that had below-average demand received zero points toward its score. Roles were scored by comparing their quarter-over-quarter growth.

  • Title Closers4.70

  • Lawyers3.10

  • Legal Support Professionals2.76

  • Records and Case Clerks2.24

  • Paralegals 2.20

The ranking of roles is based on proprietary analysis of more than 8 million positions posted on more than 1,000 independent job boards and company websites, specialized unemployment rates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and placement data from Robert Half.

Law Firms and Legal Departments Are Hiring — and Challenges Continue

January-June 2023

Hiring for new roles

Hiring for vacated roles

Facing challenges finding skilled talent

Demand for Contract Workers Increases

of lawyers and managers in law firms and legal departments plan to hire more contract professionals in the first half of 2023 (up from 32% in July-December 2022).

Top areas where lawyers and managers plan to add contract professionals:

Law firms:

  • Lawyers
  • Legal specialists
  • Legal support

Legal departments:

  • Legal operations
  • Legal support
  • Compliance administration and corporate/in-house counsel (tie)

Hottest Practice Areas for Legal Professionals Seeking a New Job

Legal practice areas offering the most job opportunities, according to employers:

  • Privacy, data security and information law
  • Labor and employment
  • General business/commercial law

of legal professionals are looking or plan to look for a new job in the first half of the year.

Current Unemployment Rates




Paralegals and legal assistants

Current Population Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jan. 6, 2023. Percentages reflect unemployment rates for select positions that were near or below the national unemployment rate at the end of fourth-quarter 2022.

In-Demand Roles and Hiring Trends by Profession

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Data Sources:

*Robert Half calculations are based on job postings provided by TalentNeuron™

The Employment Situation — February 2023, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 10, 2023

Job Openings and Labor Turnover — January 2023, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 8, 2023

Online surveys were developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms. Respondents included executives, senior managers and employees from small (20-249 employees), medium (250-499 employees) and large (500+ employees) businesses in private, publicly listed and public sector organizations across the United States.