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Summary: Although demand for specialized legal expertise is keeping hiring activity steady in the legal field, to land the attorney job of your choice you’ll still need to stand out from other applicants. Obtaining an advanced degree or certification is one way to gain an advantage.

Summary: When identifying candidates for legal jobs and promotions, many employers list the competencies requirement, “leadership skills.” But what exactly does that mean? And how do you call out these skills on your application and in the job interview, particularly if you’re not yet in a supervisory role?

Summary: While the job market is more promising, law school graduates still face challenges finding full-time legal jobs. Many employers are placing a premium on candidates with experience, especially in high-demand specialties like litigation and corporate law. So what can you, as a newly minted JD, do to swing the odds in your favor?

Summary: As business conditions continue to improve, talented law professionals are feeling more confident about their job prospects. While this is good news for attorneys and legal support staff, it presents a challenge for those in law practice management. A recent Robert Half Legal survey indicated that 31 percent of lawyers surveyed are concerned about losing staff to other employers.

Summary: The new year is a good time to take stock of your career and investigate what the legal job market has in store. Whether you’re seeking a new position or asking for a raise, it’s important to research the latest hiring trends and salary ranges for the legal jobs that interest you the most.

Summary: As the market for highly skilled legal professionals continues to tighten, the applicant pool for many roles is shrinking. The Robert Half Legal 2016 Salary Guide predicts the most in-demand practice areas for legal hiring will be litigation, business/corporate law, compliance, real estate, intellectual property, healthcare, and contract administration.

Summary: In today’s team-based environment, good communication is essential to being able to do your job well. As a legal professional, your interactions with your coworkers and other employees may be direct and real-time, such as project team meetings, or they may consist of written memos, email or instant messages. Regardless of how you interact, the ability to convey information, ideas, recommendations and opinions clearly and succinctly -- in both verbal and written form -- is central to your effectiveness and success in the law office, as well as your long-term career advancement and professional satisfaction.

Summary: Whether you’ve been looking for a new legal job for a while or one of your career goals for 2016 is to ramp up your job search, you know it’s possible to send out dozens of resumes and never get a single call. Although this is frustrating, the good news is there’s something you can do about it. Here are some ways to become more marketable to potential employers.

Summary: So much of a legal job is time sensitive: deadlines for filings, affidavits, statutes of limitation and more. There’s no time to waste, yet your team occasionally suffers from procrastination. As a manager, it’s up to you to identify and address the reasons for delays before they negatively affect your team’s productivity.

Summary: One of the major shifts of this decade in law practice management is for law firms and legal departments to bring in more consultants and other project-based professionals for as long or short a time as needed. Indeed, 82 percent of respondents to a National Association for Law Placement (NALP) survey said their firms use temporary or contract lawyers. Flexible staffing adding legal staff on an as-needed basis is one trend that’s here to stay.

Summary: While many lawyers love their jobs and even stay in their first area of specialization, some have successfully transitioned to careers outside of the legal field. Robert Half Legal recently conducted a survey of 200 lawyers at top U.S. firms and corporations to get an idea of what profession they would have pursued had they not opted for legal jobs.

Summary: In an increasingly competitive hiring market, the pressure is on as law firms and companies attempt to fill legal jobs with top talent. To succeed, legal managers need to understand the latest hiring trends, recruit the best candidates and retain their best employees. The Robert Half Legal 2016 Salary Guide offers a wealth of information for employers looking to benchmark their compensation levels and prepare for what’s ahead in the legal profession.

Summary: With the legal job market improving, we’re seeing an increase in the number of employees giving notice for better pay or circumstances. As a legal manager, I’m tempted to make counteroffers.

Summary: In the world of law practice management, where so many firms and companies rely on the institutional know-how of their founding partners and general counsel, succession planning takes on an extra urgency as baby boomer retirements continue to rise.

Summary: More than a quarter of lawyers interviewed in a recent Robert Half survey say their firms or companies plan to hire this year. That means it’s important to make sure your legal resume is current and fresh — regardless of whether you’re on the hunt for a new legal job. A legal recruiter might ask for your resume, and a great new opportunity might be just around the corner — especially given the growth of online networking.

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