- 61 percent of law firms reported a quarterly increase in the number of hours worked by their litigation support department in this year's second quarter
- 36 percent reported plans to add litigation support headcount between August and October 2010
- 27 percent reported a quarterly increase in training budget
- 31 percent reported a quarterly increase in their budget for new technical purchases.
Litigation Support Heats Up
With fears of a double dip recession, and no job feeling particularly safe, law firms continue to buck the trend when it comes to hiring. Law firms and corporations with their own legal departments also have a quasi-IT group that works closely with attorneys. And that business is booming. According to the Cowen Group, a New York based legal recruiter, managers of litigation Support departments at major law firms and corporations throughout the U.S. are reporting increased hours and plan to hire for the third quarter in a row. Specifically: