Firms Made 38% More Lateral Hires in 2010: Study

Law360, New York (March 21, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT) -- After two years of decline related to the economy, lateral hiring at law firms jumped 38 percent in 2010, according to statistics released Monday by the Association for Legal Career Professionals.

The group surveyed 284 law firms nationwide that together reported making 2,300 lateral hires in 2010 and found that most of the increase over 2009 can be attributed to lateral hires of associates.

According to the survey, law firms reported hiring 61 percent more associates in 2010 than in 2009; associates accounted for two-thirds of...
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