Survey predicts legal hiring

March 26, 2010
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
The good news for unemployed attorneys and legal staff looking for work – nearly 25 percent of law firms or companies surveyed plan on increasing staff levels in the second quarter of this year. And none reported plans to decrease staff. The kind-of bad news: two-thirds don’t plan on doing anything. The rest answered they didn’t know.

A survey released by Robert Half Legal this month reports most lawyers at law firms and corporate lawyers say they will either increase staff or leave things as they are. If this survey is indicative of the whole market, that’s good news for those worried about layoffs.

Eighty percent of those same surveyed attorneys also are somewhat confident in their organization’s prospects for growth in the second quarter.

But what is really interesting about this survey is that about 40 percent of respondents said it’s challenging to find skilled legal professionals. Apparently, even though a single legal posting can generate several hundred resumes, not too many are qualified. Could it be firms are looking for a candidate with experience beyond what most unemployed attorneys have, or are firms looking for very specific qualifications that most attorneys wouldn’t meet anyway? The survey doesn’t say. In fact, the survey just says “legal professionals,” so I guess it’s possible hundreds of paralegals and legal secretaries are applying for a job opening that they aren’t qualified for.
ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in Indiana Lawyer editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. Is it possible to amend an order for child support due to false paternity?

  2. He did not have an "unlicensed handgun" in his pocket. Firearms are not licensed in Indiana. He apparently possessed a handgun without a license to carry, but it's not the handgun that is licensed (or registered).

  3. Once again, Indiana's legislature proves how friendly it is to monopolies. This latest bill by Hershman demonstrates the lengths Indiana's representatives are willing to go to put big business's (especially utilities') interests above those of everyday working people. Maassal argues that if the technology (solar) is so good, it will be able to compete on its own. Too bad he doesn't feel the same way about the industries he represents. Instead, he wants to cut the small credit consumers get for using solar in order to "add a 'level of certainty'" to his industry. I haven't heard of or seen such a blatant money-grab by an industry since the days when our federal, state, and local governments were run by the railroad. Senator Hershman's constituents should remember this bill the next time he runs for office, and they should penalize him accordingly.

  4. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  5. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

ADVERTISEMENT