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Infographic Friday:  Trends Shaping the Legal Industry

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Recently, Robert Half Legal took a focused look at the legal profession in a new study titled Client Dynamics Driving Change in the Legal Profession. The study identifies four key legal industry trends shaping the profession which are:

  1. Client service pressures mount
  2. General counsel take center stage
  3. Mobility gives rise to the virtual law practice, flexible workplace
  4. Demand for specialization sparks talent wars

We look at a lot of legal industry studies on these pages and what’s amazing is how much overlap can be found in the research, interviews and conversations we have across the space. A review – a literature review of sorts – seems to indicate relative consensus on the key trends.

An infographic providing the data from Robert Half – which accompanies the bullets above — is posted below.  Here’s how we see the trends it identified mapping to some of the ideas and findings surfaced on this blog:

Client Service Pressures Mount

General Counsel Take Center Stage

Mobility gives rise to the virtual law practice

Demand for specialization

(click here to enlarge the infographic) 

Trends Shaping the Legal Industry-small

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About Frank Strong

Frank Strong
Frank Strong is the communications director for the LexisNexis software division located on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh. In this capacity, he leads communications efforts in support of software products for law practice and law department management and also litigation tools – across large law, small law and corporate counsel segments. With more than 15 years of experience in the high-tech sector, Strong previously served as director of public relations for Vocus, which developed marketing, PR and media monitoring software. He has held multiple roles both in-house with corporations, ranging from startups to global organizations, and has also endured the rigors of billable hours, having completed gigs at PR firms including the top 10 global firm Hill & Knowlton. A veteran of two year-long deployments, Strong has concurrently served in uniform in reserve components of the military for more than 20 years, initially as an enlisted Marine and later as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. Strong holds a BA in Film and TV production from Worcester State University, an M.A. in Public Communication from American University, and an M.B.A. from Marymount University. He is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver and holds a USPA "B" skydiving license.