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Half Sees Staffing up by Half

The Wired GC picks up on a report published this week by Robert Half Legal pun-ishly predicting that half of all law offices will add staff next year -- and half will not. The leading areas of hiring gains will be:

  • Litigation, 30 percent.
  • Ethics and corporate governance, 22 percent.
  • Intellectual property, 18 percent.
  • Real estate, 11 percent.

Although the survey purportedly polled 300 attorneys at both large law firms and corporations, Wired GC says the survey appears skewed towards the firm sample, since most corporations do not staff litigation in-house. He adds:

"This is why combining law firms and corporate legal departments in the same survey sample renders the results less informative for me. In many law firms, for example, the better question is whether you will see a net gain in staff (we know a high percentage of associates eventully leave)."

From this perspective, says Wired GC, "adding staff" is an attribute of the old economy; "partnering" and "risk-sharing" are tactics of the new economy. That said, he concludes, the Half survey is not half bad.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on May 1, 2007 at 05:49 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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