As uncomfortable it is to read [and write] about suicide among legal professionals, it is important to bring awareness to this issue. Let’s start with statistics. According to the American Psychological Association Lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than nonlawyers. The legal industry has the 11th-highest incidence of suicide among professions.
There are many great reasons to use a legal recruiter. A legal recruiter can be an invaluable partner in your career whether you are a recent law school graduate or looking to spread your wings to lateral out to a bigger firm, or even a smaller boutique firm. Here are the top reasons why you NEED to partner up with a recruiter who specializes in placing attorneys.
The current movement for lawyer wellness is here and it is way overdue. Many firms [like Leopard], legal search professionals, legal associations, friends and family are talking about attorney wellness. However, in order for this movement to be effective, the individual has to accept that they are experiencing issues with stress and are at risk for burnout. Unless stress is managed with the same care and sensitivity as a client's problems, serious consequences will happen— sooner or later there will be burnout.
The efficiency of a law firm is determined not only by the attorneys on staff but through also building an effective work team to serve clients in the best possible manner all while generating profits. Paralegals are a key element in that team, providing legal support especially in fostering cost and time efficiency. In addition to providing legal support, paralegals form the clerical structure of the firm performing investigative work on cases and preparing legal documents. Many attorneys and law offices would be lost without them.
The legal industry is not just lawyers. There are paralegals and regardless of where the paralegal received their certificate and training, getting the first role as a paralegal can be very challenging. The reality is a vicious cycle: no matter what role a paralegal will play within a law firm, most attorneys only want to hire paralegals who have previous paralegal work experience. How can you get experience if no one will give you a job, but no one gives you a job because you have no experience.
In business, a rule of thumb is to maintain repeat clients/customers because that is how the organization will survive and ultimately continue to grow. Referred clients are the best side benefit of happy and satisfied clients. Referred clients are already in the decision phase of the buyer journey already having a need and a recommendation from a trusted source, your current client. The referrer becomes part of a word-of-mouth campaign that leverages your existing assets and resources and shining a light on your great service. Need more incentives to provide great service?
As opposed to what clients expect, the service and customer care provided by firms are less and less personalized each year. The reality is that the legal industry is slowly becoming an economy of scale and lawyers are overwhelmed with outrageous schedules. In the meantime, more and more clients feel disappointed by the surprise of invoices and the billable hours. On the other hand, many clients are reclaiming their power and controlling the services they pay for. This means that clients are aware of the multiple options in the market, and often choose the firm that treats them like human beings and cares about the background and history behind every case.
Everyone has milestones. Inutero the fetus has milestones. When you are born, there are milestones. Your career undoubtedly has milestones. Once you graduate from law school, you still have some steps left to have a fulfilling career as a lawyer. Most attorneys go through three major milestones and if you recognize each one, you can evaluate the stage you are in and make the most of it. Here are three major milestones you will hit within your career and what you can generally expect.
As a result of the #MeToo movement, many women have spoken up about their experience of being sexually harassed or witnessing sexual harassment in the workplace. The movement began to spread virally in October 2017 as a social media hashtag (#MeToo). As a result, women from various career paths, including law firms, have become more vocal about sexual harassment. Recently, Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Esq. partnered with the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts to develop a survey to analyze workplace conduct at law firms. The survey asked a series of specific questions about whether the respondents experienced certain behaviors and, if so, whether or not they reported the incidents. According to Lauren, most responders who remained silent did so in fear of retribution or were asked by the victim to stay silent.
Congratulations — you are about to retire. It's an exciting time. You can now enjoy your free time and all the benefits you have worked so hard for during your legal career. You spent an entire career with no time, killing off your telomeres but now you're just about done. However, in a short amount of time, many retired lawyers get restless and miss their participation in the legal community. Should you encounter this, these roles offer you the opportunity to share your legal expertise and can offer many benefits.