Monday, June 6, 2011

Legal Market Losing Jobs - Outsourcing On The Rise

According to recent government labor statistics; the US legal market has lost 700 and 1000 jobs in the months of April and May respectively. At a time when the US economy is starting to stabilize, the legal market continues to struggle in job growth. Year-over-year, the legal industry has fell from 1,113, 100 jobs in 2010 to 1,110,400 jobs in 2011 - a loss of 2700 jobs.

If there is a bright spot in the legal industry it is likely coming from the legal outsourcing industry - as indicated in a recent NYT's article. Here are a couple of key points from the article:

- Legal outsourcing revenues are expected to grow from $400 million in 2010 to $2.4 Billion in 2012. Although a fraction of the world's $200 Billion legal market, the growth is still staggering

- Outsourcing jobs on average commonly pay better (in the $50,000 - $80,000 range) than temp work

- Many legal outsourcing companies are keeping their working within the United States. These companies are typically opening offices and hiring lawyers in lower-cost areas in the US, like in West Virginia, Texas and North Dakota.

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  1. It seems to me that the number are a bit too large. I think in reality the situation is different.

  2. When you look at the financial operation of law companies in good and bad periods, there really is not much difference, complete income statistics are usually very dependable. The purpose for the steadiness of income is because work simply changes between process places.