Report: Millennial Workforce, Globalization, Talent Crunch Among Top Trends
Affecting Legal Profession
MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Globalization, shifting
demographics and increased mobility are influencing the legal field and
reshaping its workplace. A recently published industry report from Robert Half
Legal examines how law firms and corporate legal departments are adapting to
these changes to gain a competitive advantage.
The report, The Evolving Legal Profession and Emerging Workforce of Tomorrow,
is part of Robert Half Legal's 13(th) annual Future Law Office project. It
explores emerging trends in the legal field and features interviews with
leaders in the legal profession. The report is available for download at
Among the key trends uncovered in the research:
-- The definition of client service is expanding. Legal
departments are requiring an enhanced level of service and
creative partnerships from their law firms. In addition to
flexible fee arrangements, they seek outside counsel with
in-depth knowledge of their industry who can serve as trusted
-- Globalization is increasing collaboration among law firms. As
companies conduct more business on a global scale, they require
help from outside counsel to navigate business and legal
issues. Law firms are opening international offices or
collaborating through legal and multidisciplinary networks to
meet this need.
-- Specialized talent is proving elusive. As law firms and
corporate legal departments become more exacting in the
expertise they require, demand is increasing for highly skilled
talent with industry or practice-area specialization.
Litigation and e-discovery are pivotal areas in which legal
organizations continue to need targeted expertise.
-- Social media and Gen Y are influencing the legal workplace. The
use of social media and collaboration tools has increased
idea-sharing among legal teams. To entice Millennial workers,
law firms are offering open office spaces and work-life balance
perks, including flexible scheduling and telecommuting.
Rising Demand for Flexible Solutions and Targeted Expertise
"The economic downturn reshaped law firm operating models, prompting even
large, established firms to modify longstanding traditions, such as hourly
billing, in order to improve efficiencies and offer clients more options,"
said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "With reducing
legal costs still a prevailing goal for many companies, firms need to
recognize clients' resource constraints and prepare creative fee proposals
that will work within corporate budgets. These are essential first steps for
winning new business and retaining existing clientele."
Employers Look for Potential Leaders When Recruiting New Talent
As law firm leaders approach retirement, identifying and accelerating the
growth of potential successors is critical, the research found. Employers are
actively seeking legal professionals who possess leadership traits, including
strong interpersonal skills, sound judgment, business acumen and the ability
"Retention and succession planning are becoming front-burner issues as firms
focus on building a more diverse workforce, investing in employees' long-term
leadership potential and limiting attrition," Volkert said.
For its annual Future Law Office project, Robert Half Legal surveys lawyers
among the largest law firms and corporations in the United States and Canada,
conducts research to assess how legal organizations might operate in the
future, and obtains the insights of key Robert Half Legal staffing and
recruiting professionals throughout the company's branch network in North
An infographic associated with this research is available in the Robert Half
Legal Press Room at www.roberthalflegal.com/PressRoom. To download a
complimentary copy of the complete report or to learn more about the Future
Law Office project, visit www.futurelawoffice.com.
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
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