Nearly one-third of lawyers who participated in a recent employment survey said they planned to hire full-time legal professionals during the fourth quarter of 2012.
Summertime means vacations, dinner on the grill and summer interns at the office.
For sole practitioners and small firm lawyers in a tight economy, it’s tempting to hire an unpaid intern looking for resume experience.
But recent guidance from the Department of Labor serves as a reminder to lawyers and law firms of the pitfalls of using unpaid interns.
Even attorneys need to act carefully to minimize the risk of liability when filling a position.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the top-grossing U.S. law firm, cut the number of law school students it plans to hire next summer by about half.
With no apparent end to the economic downturn in sight, law firms have been cutting back on technology and putting an added emphasis on billing. And large law firms have been instituting hiring freezes or laying off associates.
But the result for small law firms may be an increase in flexibility when it comes to hiring new attorneys, some small firm lawyers and practice management consultants say.
In the current economic climate, it’s no surprise that many lawyers are looking for work. And law firms are seeking contract attorneys as a cost-effective way to staff specific projects.
Hoping to meet both of these needs, Laurel Edgeworth recently launched Law Clerk Connection , a website where lawyers looking to hire help for discrete projects post their jobs and lawyers and law students looking for work bid on the projects.