One question asked in the most recent ALM Intelligence metrics survey was about the source of lawyers who had been hired during 2010 by the respondent law departments. As it turns out, 44 lawyers were hired from law firms and 36 were hired from other law departments. Most readers of this blog probably think that law departments hire much more commonly from law firms, and it may well be that junior hires come from firms; but for more experienced practitioners general counsel want someone who is had in-house experience previously.
There did not appear to be much difference in the one-to-one ratio as law departments grew larger. It might have been plausible that larger departments would hire more from law firms. To learn more about the Law Department Metrics Benchmark Survey of ALM Legal Intelligence, click here for ALM’s website.