Trends for 2010

December 15, 2009
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The employment outlook for paralegals looks up as legal secretaries have reason to be nervous, according to one legal staffing agency. Paralegals are in higher demand as more duties are assigned to them in the workplace. Robert Half Legal’s 2010 Salary Guide for lawyers and other legal professionals says paralegals who can help generate revenue by performing vital legal tasks while also taking over the duties previously performed by legal secretaries and other administration work are seeing steady demand.

The legal secretaries whose jobs haven’t been downsized are supporting more attorneys than in recent years and may be one of the top positions firms cut.

The guide also says small and midsize firms, as well as boutique firms that specialize in litigation, IP, bankruptcy and foreclosure, and labor and employment are seeing an increase in demand for their services and are the best place for out-of-work attorneys to look.

The guide also breaks down some trends based on region. Indiana is part of the East North Central Region, and we’ve got high demand for foreclosure attorneys, litigation paralegals, and corporate attorneys. The fastest-growing industries in our region are financial services, health care, and manufacturing. I’m not so sure about the manufacturing industry in Indiana, given the number of plant closings reported around the state over the past few years.

You can read more on RHL’s Web site http://www.roberthalflegal.com/UnitedStates. Are the guide’s trends correct or what could it be missing here in Indiana?
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  • Legal secretaries at the bottom of the salary ladder are, of course, hit the hardest by the recession and tech replacements of employees. Do law firms treat there lowest paid employees better than other service businesses?
    namaste

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