Lawyers, paralegals to be in demand in 2011

December 27, 2010
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Research shows that two occupations at midsize law firms may be some of the more promising positions next year. Robert Half International, a specialized staffing firm that includes Robert Half Legal, claims that lawyers and paralegals will be two of the top 11 jobs in the New Year. The company is basing this prediction on salary guides it recently released.


The research found the common thread among these jobs is that they help businesses improve efficiency and profits, and foster a more positive customer experience.


RHI says lawyers with four to nine years of experience at midsize law firms should see an increase in their average starting salaries over 2010. “These firms are recruiting experienced lawyers who can bring a significant book of business to support their development in lucrative practice areas such as litigation, healthcare, bankruptcy and foreclosure law,” the release says. According to the Robert Half Legal Hiring Index, in which attorneys are surveyed to collect the data, many of those who responded identified these three practice areas as the areas of law that will experience the most growth in the next three months.

The RHI research also says paralegals with four to six years of experience at midsized law firms will see an increase in their base compensation over this year.  More good news for paralegals: according to the Robert Half Legal Hiring Index, 46 percent of survey participants who are planning to hire in the first quarter said they are going to add paralegals.

The job list for 2011 also includes senior administrative assistant, data modeler, and financial analyst.

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