Where the Legal Jobs Are in the First Half of 2018

By December 14, 2017 at 6:19am

WHERE THE LEGAL JOBS ARE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2018

Lawyers were asked, “Which of the following best describes your company’s hiring plans?”

  FIRST HALF OF 2018 SECOND HALF OF 2017
Expanding/adding new positions 33% 32%
Maintaining/filling vacated positions 49% 52%  
Freezing/not filling vacated or new positions 15% 10%  
Reducing/eliminating positions 1% 3%  

Lawyers were asked, “Which practice area will offer the greatest number of job opportunities in the first half of 2018?”

  33%: Litigation
  22%: General business/commercial law
  11%: Real estate
  8% Regulatory or Compliance
  5%: Intellectual property
  4%: Ethics and Corporate Governance
  4%: Privacy, Data and Information Law

Lawyers were asked, “Which areas of litigation will offer the greatest job opportunities in the first half of 2018?”*

  36%: Commercial litigation
  34%: Insurance defence
  12%: Personal and family Law
  9%: Personal injury

*Multiple responses were permitted.

Only top responses are shown. Some responses may not total 100 per cent due to rounding.

Source: Robert Half Legal survey of 150 lawyers with the largest law firms and legal departments in Canada

© 2017 Robert Half Legal

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