According to a recent Robert Half Legal Hiring Index survey, hiring projections for the third quarter of 2012 are higher than they were for Q2.

Specifically, 32 percent of lawyers interviewed said they plan to hire full-time staff during Q3 2012. And although 2 percent expected reductions, the net 30 percent projected hiring is up 8 percentage points from Q2 2012's forecast.

Furthermore, 84 percent of lawyers are "somewhat confident" in their organization's growth prospects for Q3 – a marked increase from Q2's 68 percent.

"Law firms are expanding in-demand practice groups to renew their commitment to growth and meet client requests for legal services," said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. "Many firms are launching new service offerings, and this accounts for some of the resulting hiring activity."

While there were no specific mentions of part-time or temporary worker hiring predictions, the survey did find that those with law experience may also have luck finding positions as paralegals and legal secretaries, as they're among the most in-demand jobs.

A similar study recently released by Littler Medelson, P.C. found that despite the majority of law firms' intentions to "cautiously" hire over the next 12 months, 17 percent planned to aggressively add new full-time employees. 

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