Here is a marketing checklist for large firm associates. It is nice the way Larry Bodine has broken the list down by class year (i.e. he does a nice job of illustrating why it makes sense to start thinking about marketing early in your career.)
Large law firms continue to increase their use of temp attorneys on large, document intensive cases. An article in the National Law Journal shows that the numbers at some firms are growing signifcantly. I clearly see the benefit to firms. Temp staffing allows for much more flexible hiring and eliminates the problem of having to … Read more
Job security really doesn’t exist for most of us. The best we can do is prepare ourselves for the next potential move. Even if you are a partner at a law firm, things can change quickly (Testa Hurwitz is a recent example in Boston.) A career counselor offers some good tips for protecting yourself. You … Read more
Ward Bower offers some interesting observations about the impact of gloablization on the legal industry. He sees increased competition for the best legal talent and observes that over 100 U.S. law firms now have an office in London.
Altman Weil has just published the results of a national survey of median billing rates by area of legal specialty. No big surprises here but it is still interesting to see the numbers.
Accuracy in a resume does not mean documenting every single life accomplishment since high school. On the other hand, employers have a right to expect that your resume is a reasonable summary of your relevant experience. If you were fired from a legal position after a relatively brief period of time (e.g. 3 months), leaving … Read more
Volunteering is a great way to build potential business relationships and enhance your career (while feeling good about doing good.) Here are some good tips to help you get the most out of your volunteer efforts.
Rain Today has a free newsletter which offers some good marketing tips. But don’t believe everything you read. For example, I’m not sure if I agree with myth number four in an article I read today. Finding out what is “keeping a client up at night” is certainly not a fool proof strategy for identifying … Read more
A law professor at Emory believes that our existing system of legal education is in some great need of reform.Law School: Make It Optional? Why is a Mercedes education necessary for a lawyer seeking a Corolla legal practice? Sounds a little extreme though he does raise some thought provoking questions about the ABA standards for … Read more
Midlevel Associates Survey: Communication Breakdown?The American Lawyer Nearly 6,000 associates took part in The American Lawyer magazine’s 2005 Midlevel Associates Survey, offering, among other things, a glimpse of what upper management and youngish associates think of each other. Sometimes it’s not pretty. Are midlevels a bunch of “slackers,” or is slavish devotion to a firm … Read more