Law360 Features Leopard Solutions Data Highlighting the Surge in Legal Jobs in 2021
May 21, 2021
Law360 featured an article noting Leopard Solutions recent data on the demand for lawyers at all levels reaching an all-time high this year as law firms across the nation expanded attorney job searches to make up for the slow growth they experienced last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our research, which tracks more than 1,000 global law firms, found that there were 8,268 open and available attorney jobs at these firms as of May 14, an increase of 150% since the start of the pandemic.
The number is also higher than pre-pandemic figures, which averaged between 6,000 and 6,500 open attorney jobs from the start of 2017 to the end of 2019, a period of general growth in the legal industry.
As the article noted, attorney job openings have more than doubled since October, when most law firms started actively pursuing lawyers with books of business to make up for the previous six months of sluggish results due to the pandemic. And compared to January of this year, available attorney jobs have jumped by about 70%.
However, the increase in demand for lawyers has also made it more challenging for law firms to compete for qualified candidates and retain their legal talent.