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Tax and insurance litigation jobs may not be glamorous, but at least they’re easy to find, according to one recently released report. Emplawyernet.com, a Los Angeles-based Internet site for job-seeking lawyers, has found that tax lawyers, insurance litigators, and attorneys involved in corporate, finance, and securities law are most in demand at law offices across the nation. Chet Olsen, editor of Emplawyernet.com, explains that the study compared want ads posted by job-seekers with job listings posted by law firms, government agencies, corporations, and other organizations seeking legal help. National trends show that insurance litigators have the pick of the litter. Job openings in this field account for approximately 1,048 of the 13,101 vacancies listed on the site in the first quarter of 2000. At the same time, supply is sparse — of the Web site’s 48,000 members, only 655 listed insurance litigation as a job they are actively pursuing. Similarly, 524 job openings were advertised for tax lawyers, with only 393 seeking positions in that field. In the corporate, finance, and securities practice, 1,179 job openings were posted in the first three months of the year, but only 917 members indicated they were interested. Lisa Smith, a consultant at Hildebrandt International, says she’s not surprised by the Web site’s findings. “There is definitely a demand for corporate securities lawyers because the business environment in Washington has changed,” she says. She adds that the demand for tax attorneys may be spurred by the exodus of specialists to accounting firms. Further, she says, “because of all the deals that are going on in the area, there is a great demand for tax transactional work.” However, the report states that at least seven practice areas appeared oversaturated with lawyers. Those areas include criminal law, with 131 jobs advertised and 655 sought, family law, where there were 131 openings for 524 lawyers, and environmental law, with 131 jobs advertised and 393 sought. The study also indicates the job market for lawyers in the mid-Atlantic region is booming. For the 1999 calendar year, approximately 3,400 of 42,534 jobs advertised, or about 8 percent, were for legal positions in the region. This year, just within the first quarter, that number has increased to approximately 11 percent, or 1,440 of 13,101 available jobs.

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