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Legal Recruiting Trends in 2023 and a Look Ahead to 2024

As we approach the end of 2023, it is time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to what is to come. The legal industry has seen its fair share of changes, and the recruitment landscape is no exception. In this blog post, Fujitani Consulting, Sacramento's leading legal recruiter, will look back at some of the biggest legal recruiting trends of 2023 and share our insights into what we can expect in 2024.

Looking Back at 2023:

Increased demand for specialized legal skills: The legal industry is becoming increasingly complex, and clients are demanding lawyers with specialized skills. Hiring trends in 2022 have led to a plateau in job demand in 2023.

Remote work continues to shape the legal landscape: The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the trend of remote work in the legal industry. This has created new opportunities for attorneys and legal staff to work from home. The firms that switched back to fully in-office experienced immediate resignation from staff.

The rise of legal technology: Legal technology is transforming the way law firms operate. In 2023, we saw the increasing adoption of AI-powered legal research tools, document review platforms, and e- discovery solutions. These technologies are helping legal professionals to work more efficiently and effectively. It is becoming a requirement or, at least a plus, for candidates to possess tech-savvy skills and experience with law firm software.

Looking Ahead to 2024:

Continued growth in the legal industry: The legal industry is expected to continue to grow in 2024. This growth will be driven by several factors, including the increasing complexity of the legal landscape, the rise of new legal technologies, and the aging population.

Increased competition for talent. This will lead to higher salaries and benefits for lawyers, and it will make it more important for law firms to create a strong employer brand.

Remote and hybrid work: As firms continue debating whether to go back to the office, we anticipate hybrid positions to increase. We expect roles will offer flexibility with at least one day remote, accommodating firms and legal staff.

At Fujitani Consulting, we believe that the following are the key things that law firms need to do to attract top talent in 2024:

  • Offer competitive salaries and benefits.

  • Be flexible in your hiring practices. Be open to alternative work arrangements, such as remote work and flexible schedules. Recognize the shortage of experienced individuals in any given sector and be open to training.

  • Invest in legal technology: Legal technology can help you to improve your efficiency and effectiveness. By investing in legal technology, you can create a more attractive work environment for top talent.

Contact any of the recruiters at Fujitani Consulting to learn more about how we can help you with your legal recruiting needs heading into 2024. Happy Holidays and New Years!

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