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More than one-quarter of lawyers at 26 percent plan to hire full-time legal staff during the second quarter; however, 4 percent of lawyers expect to cut staff, according to the quarterly Robert Half Legal Hiring Index.

Another 57 percent of respondents anticipate making no staffing changes in the next three months while 59 percent of respondents say finding skilled legal professionals is difficult, which is up eight points from the previous quarter. The survey finds that hiring activity is projected to take place mostly at law firms with 22 percent of respondents saying bankruptcy and foreclosure are the practice areas predicted to experience the most growth. Litigation is also rated as a top area for growth by 21 percent of respondents while 18 percent of respondents say general business and commercial law is expected to improve.

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