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GC Survey Finds High Contentment, Better Hiring Outlook Than in the Past Few Years

Posted Oct 25, 2011 1:07 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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There is some upbeat news in a survey of chief legal officers by the Association of Corporate Counsel.

These lawyers like their jobs, report Corporate Counsel and a press release. Ninety-two percent said they are satisfied with their chosen careers, despite expanding duties and changes in their roles. That compares with 91 percent in 2009 and 88 percent in 2008 who were satisfied.

The hiring outlook also is improving. Thirty-seven percent plan to hire staff in the coming year, more than in 2009 and 2008.

Asked to identify their most pressing issue, 35 percent said it is "keeping apprised of company activities that may have legal implications." The next highest response, picked by 19 percent of the respondents, was having too much work and too little resources. Eighteen percent identified outside legal costs as their biggest problem.

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