- Attorneys in bankruptcy, data privacy, and healthcare are among those in highest demand, especially with the sea changes caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
- Five lawyers and two recruiters shed light on the nine practice areas they think will boom over the next few years, and the essential skills to develop to best position yourself in the industry.
- “The legal industry has adapted to COVID and its restrictions, and many are actually having a strong economic year despite all of the disruptions,” said legal recruiter, Larry Watanabe.
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Amid the upheaval wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, navigating the rocky job market can be tough.
The legal industry certainly wasn’t immune to the disruption: Many law school graduates were, and still are, stuck in a state of limbo, while top law firms pulled the trigger on pay cuts, layoffs, and furloughs, as previously reported in Business Insider.
But there are signs of optimism for current and aspiring lawyers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in July that the legal industry added 1,900 jobs since the past month, continuing an upward trend that may be indicative of the industry’s growth and recovery.
“The legal industry has adapted to COVID and its restrictions, and many are actually having a strong economic year despite all of the disruptions,” said Larry Watanabe, founder of recruiting company, Watanabe Schwartz.
Business Insider spoke with five lawyers across various practice areas and two prominent recruiters on the types of law they think are smart to specialize in now, and what skills they see as crucial going in.