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WHERE THE LEGAL JOBS ARE: Litigation to Offer Greatest Opportunities in 2013; Challenges Finding Top Talent Reported

WHERE THE LEGAL JOBS ARE: Litigation to Offer Greatest Opportunities in 2013;
                    Challenges Finding Top Talent Reported

PR Newswire

MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 10, 2013

MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Which specialty areas are
predicted to yield the most prospects for legal job seekers in the year ahead?
Almost one-quarter (22 percent) of lawyers recently interviewed by Robert Half
Legal expect litigation will generate the greatest number of job opportunities
in 2013. General business/commercial law and healthcare ranked an equal
second, with each practice area receiving 19 percent of the response. Legal
professionals with expertise in high-demand practice areas may have employers
vying for their attention: More than half (57 percent) of survey respondents
cited at least some challenge in finding legal talent.

The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a legal staffing firm
specializing in lawyers, paralegals and other highly skilled legal
professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based
on 200 telephone interviews with lawyers in the United States: 100 of the
respondents are employed at law firms with 20 or more employees and 100 are
employed at companies with 1,000 or more employees. All of the respondents
have hiring authority within their organizations.

Lawyers were asked, "Which one of the following practice areas, in your
opinion, will offer the greatest number of job opportunities in 2013?" Their
responses:

Litigation                      22%
General business/commercial law 19%
Healthcare                      19%
Labor and employment            8%
Bankruptcy/foreclosure          8%
Intellectual property           5%
Environmental law               2%
International law               2%
Other                           6%
Don't know/no answer            9%
                                100%

Lawyers also were asked, "How challenging is it for your law firm/company to
find skilled legal professionals today?" Their responses:

Very challenging           12%
Somewhat challenging       45%
Not challenging            37%
Not applicable/not looking 5%
Don't know/no answer       1%
                           100%

"As law firms expand their teams to meet client requests and enhance service
offerings, competition for highly skilled legal professionals is rising," said
Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "Although the market
for entry-level associates should remain conservative, lawyers with five-plus
years of experience, solid business development skills and client contacts in
the hottest practice areas will likely see lateral opportunities increase at
small and midsize firms in 2013."

Volkert noted that corporate legal departments also are seeking experienced
lawyers and paralegals to handle more commercial transactions, litigation and
employment-related matters in-house, and to contain outside counsel costs.
"With a growing number of law firms and companies looking to hire from the
same talent pool, many employers are bolstering their retention efforts to
avoid losing valued staff members to other organizations," said Volkert.

About Robert Half Legal
Robert Half Legal is the legal staffing division of Robert Half International.
The company provides law firms and corporate legal departments with highly
skilled professionals, including lawyers, paralegals and legal support
personnel, on a project and full-time basis. With North American and global
locations, Robert Half Legal also offers managed review and e-discovery
services. More information, including online job search services, can be found
at www.roberthalflegal.com.

SOURCE Robert Half Legal

Website: http://www.roberthalflegal.com
Contact: Lisa Hamilton, +1-650-234-6234, lisa.hamilton@rhi.com
 
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