Corporate and securities law to be 'practice of the decade'



    TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - Law school graduates take note: 24 per cent of
lawyers recently polled said corporate and securities law will offer the
greatest number of employment opportunities over the next 10 years. Litigation
also is expected to generate job growth; the practice area received
21 per cent of the response.
    The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a leading staffing service
specializing in lawyers, law clerks, paralegals and other highly skilled legal
professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes
responses from 300 lawyers among the largest law firms and corporations in
Canada and the United States. All respondents have at least three years of
experience in the legal field.
    Lawyers were asked, "Which one of the following legal practice areas, in
your opinion, will offer the greatest number of job opportunities over the
next 10 years?" Their responses:

    
        Corporate and securities........................... 24%
        Litigation......................................... 21%
        Intellectual property.............................. 16%
        International law.................................. 16%
        Environmental...................................... 12%
        Commercial real estate.............................  5%
        Other..............................................  3%
        Don't know.........................................  3%
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                                                           100%
    

    "A heightened focus on regulatory compliance issues should ensure that
corporate and securities law will remain a top practice area in the future,"
said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "Litigation
also is expected to produce a significant volume of casework and intensify
demand for legal professionals with relevant experience."

    About Robert Half Legal

    Robert Half Legal is the legal staffing division of Robert Half
International. The company provides law firms and corporate legal departments
with highly skilled professionals, including lawyers, law clerks, paralegals
and legal support personnel, on a project and full-time basis. Robert Half
Legal offers online job search services at ww.roberthalflegal.com.

    
    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Toronto
    or Calgary, please contact Jim Dimovski at 416-365-3153 extension 62024.
    





For further information:

For further information: Robert Half Legal, Jim Dimovski, (416)
365-3153, jim.dimovski@rhi.com


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