Corporations hiring new staff attorneys or general counsel are finding no shortage of qualified applicants. As pressure builds in law firms to, for example, pay for recent associate salary increases, a growing number of lawyers are looking toward in-house jobs as a desirable career path.

“We see a ton of lawyers who would have a strong interest in the right in-house opportunity,” said Melba Hughes, founder and owner of Hughes Consultants, an Atlanta-based executive search firm that specializes in legal jobs.