2021 Legal Trends Report

Read the most comprehensive examination of the current state of legal practice. Learn how the pandemic has permanently shifted client expectations and what tools and processes firms are using to align their operations with a new, more flexible age of legal services delivery.

This year, we analyzed how firms are prioritizing their spending, including which investments are paying dividends and contributing to ongoing success for lawyers and their clients.

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New this year

  • An analysis of spending

    An analysis of spending

    We reveal how lawyers are spending their money, and identify opportunities for strategic investment that aligns with the new needs of the legal client.

  • An examination of shifting consumer expectations

    An examination of shifting consumer expectations

    We assessed how the challenges of the past have led to opportunities to deliver more client-centered legal services in 2021 and beyond.

  • Redefining success

    Redefining success

    We examined the firm performance of tens of thousands of legal professionals and asked over 1,000 lawyers and consumers what’s most important to them as they navigate a new world of cloud-based legal services delivery.

  • Updated data on firm KPIs and Hourly Rates

    Updated data on firm KPIs and hourly rates

    We present updated data on core business insights and hourly rates across distinct geographies and practice areas to equip your legal practice with information that drives success.


Legal Trends Report published by Clio

The Legal Trends Report provides information on the most important issues faced within the legal profession. By analyzing aggregated and anonymized data from tens of thousands of legal professionals in the US, supported by extensive survey research, the report offers unique insights into law firm efficiencies, hourly rates, and other key metrics for success.

Clio is powering the future of legal services for lawyers and their clients through a suite of cloud-based solutions, including legal practice management, client intake and CRM, online payments, and client-attorney communication and collaboration software. Clio has been transforming the industry for over a decade with 150,000 customers spanning 100 countries, and the approval of 66 bar associations and law societies globally. Clio continues to lead the industry with initiatives like the Legal Trends Report, the Clio Cloud Conference, and the Clio Academic Access Program. Clio has been recognized as a Deloitte Fast 50 and Fast 500 company and a market leader by G2 Crowd. Learn more at clio.com.