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Fewer law firms and corporate legal departments plan to add staff the second quarter than in the first quarter of 2012, according to the Robert Half legal hiring index released this week by Robert Half International Inc. (NYSE: RHI).
Twenty-six percent plan to add legal staff in the second quarter of 2012 and 4 percent plan to reduce personnel, for a net 22 percent to increase hiring, according to the index’s survey. The net 22 percent increase is down from the net 27 percent increase forecast for the first quarter.
Lawyers, paralegals and legal secretaries are the three most in-demand positions.
The Robert Half legal hiring index is based on 200 telephone interviews with lawyers. One hundred of the respondents are employed at firms with 20 or more employees, and 100 are employed at companies with 1,000 or more employees.