Robert Half Legal’s latest survey of legal hiring trends, http://legal.rhi.mediaroom.com/legalhiringindex, indicates that one-third of the lawyers interviewed plan to add legal staff in the next three months. But the survey indicates the improved hiring trends are mainly for legal professionals with experience:
Positions in Demand
While the job market remains competitive, 51 percent of lawyers report difficulty recruiting skilled legal professionals. When asked what type of positions will be added in the third quarter, respondents indicated they most likely will hire lawyers (93 percent), followed by legal secretaries/assistants (32 percent), paralegals (20 percent), law clerks (19 percent) and legal administrators (12 percent). “Law firms are rebuilding their support teams, and they are hiring experienced legal assistants and paralegals who are able to add immediate value and perform multiple job functions,” [Charles] Volkert [executive director of Robert Half Legal] said. The most marketable support professionals have backgrounds in litigation and e-discovery, as well as experience in document management, he noted.
This is good news for those paralegals with experience that are considering a job change in the near future, but not as encouraging for new paralegal graduates. I know many of them are struggling to find that first entry-level job that will set them on the path to gaining the intermediate to advanced practice skills many hiring lawyers desire.
Source: PR Newswire