Successful law firms have a narrative. The stories talk about the founding partners; when they got together, how, why, and their mission. The strategic narrative never sounds institutional, it is one that feels like the story of people getting together for the good fight. The narrative connects to both prospective clients and candidates.
Whether you’re a new hire or a tenured law firm employee, effective communication is crucial to your success in the workplace. However, when a part of your team in one office, and the rest are scattered throughout the US, how do you communicate effectively in an email? Email communication is a useful and critical tool, but it is wrought with misunderstandings and communication breaks - we discuss ways to combat that here.
Every new hire wants to bring the right clients and work the most lucrative cases at the law firm. A rainmaker has an air of mystery. They have connections. They know how to talk to people and know how to make that money - so how does a new hire make the journey from the new kid on the block to rainmaker?
My career path and your career path may have been similar at 7 years old (you also wanted to be an Inbound Social Media Marketing and Business Development Manager For Legal Data Service Providers?!). How many poli-sci majors are literally working in politics right now? Reaching goals and/or changing your career path is just as much about perception as it is action. How you perceive your knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) can help you define your transferable skills. If the perception of your KSAs limits the types of actions you’re willing to take, you can end up missing out on many opportunities and get lost along the way.
You planned to move there for years. Decided that after college and law school, "I am going." You're from one area, and you're moving to another. Accepting a job across the country sounds like a great adventure but moving cross-country or even a new city (read: not home, away from your mom) can be stressful and disorienting especially when you do not know anyone in your new hometown. But a cross-country move could be just what your career ordered.
In a Pew Research study earlier this year, more than 50% of full-time working mothers wanted a more flexible work schedule to meet the demands of parenting and their job. Fortunately, more law firms are becoming open to flexible work schedules that allow their attorneys to parent and continue their career.
Having team players at your law firm delivers value far into the future. A strong team can help propel your firm to higher heights and reach even the loftiest of goals. There is almost no lack of good attorney candidates out there, but how do you find the true team players? Do you know the best people at the firm; the ones who motivate the team to work harder and smarter?
Dealing with toxic people in the workplace is draining. It is especially challenging when that person has a lot of power at the firm. The knowledge that you will have to cross paths with these powerful but toxic people can fill you with dread (enough to call your local recruiter). Powerful but toxic people are found everywhere, at every firm, at every corporation, even at every level so there is no escaping them.
At any job, you can feel pulled in many directions. At other jobs, you have to be prepared to drop everything and be 100% available. Managers like to accuse employees that they have no sense of urgency. Perhaps that this the case, perhaps it is not. Those same managers oftentimes think that urgency and emergency are synonymous. More lawyers today feel the pressure both from clients and partners to remain available at all times. It is difficult to prioritize work duties especially when everything feels "important." Prioritizing what to do next, or more importantly, what to do first can prove tough when there is more than one person to serve. Fortunately, there are proven strategies for prioritizing work.
Many things have changed over the years. How we communicate, the way we work, how we work, and the way we succeed is high among the changes made in the last couple of decades. When it comes to career success, there are a lot of tired career myths that simply will not go away. It seems a bit strange that many still think this way, but if you truly want to have a chance to thrive in your legal career, there are a few myths you should actively defy.