Heading into the fall, corporate legal departments may still find themselves more reliant upon contract workers than full-time hires as they continue adjusting to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. But when departments are ready to start recruiting more staff positions around fields like privacy, they could find a different legal talent pool than they remember.

Of course, right now that pool may be overflowing and could potentially stand to see even more job candidates vying for a role in in-house legal. Mark Yacano, managing director of the transform advisory services group at Major, Lindsey & Africa, theorized that law firms will eventually want staff to return to pre-COVID-19 efficiency levels, which could leave many attorneys looking for jobs that allow for a better work/life balance.

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