BCG Attorney Search Data Supports BLS Report Suggesting Legal Jobs Market is Improving for Attorneys

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Jobs for attorneys are growing steadily. But, the recruiting trend has shifted towards hiring attorneys with either substantial pro bono work or some industry experience.

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There are signs that the legal market is actually improving – BCG Attorney Search

Over the past few months attorneys have been fretting over lack of jobs in the legal sector. While many believe that law firms have almost stopped hiring, a new legal market research conducted by BCG Attorney Search reports that there are signs that the legal market is actually improving. Legal employment opportunities on the BCG Attorney Search website, offers a preview of the seasonally adjusted preliminary data released on 2 August by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that reports 2,800 jobs to have been added in the legal sector in July.

BCG Attorney Search has had law firms like Baker & McKenzie LLP, Brown Essa & McLeod LLP, Cadwalader, Wickersham &Taft LLP, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and Foley & Lardner LLP posting their attorney job requirements on its job board this year, too. This counters contentions that top-tier firms have almost stopped all hiring. Hiring in law firms has in no way stagnated, but law firms are increasingly recruiting attorneys with substantial hands on work experience because they want to hire talent that falls within their ‘star cluster.’ This is making it difficult for newly graduated lawyers to break into the market easily if they do not possess some kind of pro bono work. Those with some pro bono work experience are being roped in easily in mid-tier and boutique practices.

Larger law firms have taken up the lateral hiring path. They are also carrying out selective hiring. Maybe, both these factors have made their recruiting efforts seem slow-paced. Harrison Barnes, Chief Executive Officer at BCG Attorney Search says, “Lateral hiring is picking up greatly in cities like Chicago, Dallas, New York and Philadelphia among large firms.” This trend in hiring is specifically gaining momentum in corporate and litigation practice areas. Latest BCG Attorney Search’s job search data confirms this. It shows 689 active corporate legal jobs and 483 new opportunities for litigation attorneys in all.

To browse attorney jobs categorically in a specific city, state or country visit: http://www.bcgsearch.com/browsejob/

About BCG Attorney Search:

BCG Attorney Search is a premier recruiting firm for experienced attorneys in the United States. Since the year 2000, BCG Attorney Search has placed thousands of attorneys with employers who were the best fit for individual candidates, and helped law firms and companies with their recruitment efforts. The website of BCG Attorney Search is here http://www.bcgsearch.com

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