Report: Millennial Workforce, Globalization, Talent Crunch Among Top Trends Affecting Legal Profession

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 
Key Findings 
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
        business advisers.
    --  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 
to innovate.

"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 To download a 
complimentary copy of the complete report or to learn more about the Future 
Law Office project, visit

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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