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Notable Tech Trends and Related Legal Influence

As technology advances, so too must the legal industry — though as a general rule, the legal industry tends to lag behind when it comes to the adoption of new technologies and other innovations.  In today’s tech-prolific society, the most successful attorneys are those who are not only capable of handling their current responsibilities, but who also keep apprised of various tech trends and how they are shaping the legal industry from top-to-bottom.  Whether you’re exploring new opportunities at a firm or in-house, or simply...

The Myth of the In-House Lifestyle

In the legal industry, there are pervasive ideas about in-house work (particularly in comparison to Biglaw firm work) that are not necessarily representative of workplace realities, though in some cases, there is a kernel of truth to such perceptions.   The dominant perception of in-house work — and perhaps the main reason why successful firm attorneys look to transition to an in-house position — is that it will be less demanding, less time-consuming, more flexible, and generally speaking, lead to a better work-life balance and overall lifestyle. ...

Attorney Traits That Translate Well To In-House Work

In-house work can be quite unique in what it demands of an attorney.  As such, if you’re looking to transition to an in-house job, it’s important to consider how to position your experience and skillset advantageously so as to demonstrate your fitness for the role.   In-house legal departments can vary significantly from company-to-company (in terms of office culture, attorney responsibilities, advancement, workplace hierarchy, and more), but there are certain general traits that translate well to in-house work, regardless of the particular in-house department.   So, what do in-house...

Recruitment Tips for Attorneys Requiring Disability Accommodation

Going through the recruitment process as an attorney can be difficult, and not infrequently, can feel overwhelming — and this holds especially true for those attorneys who are struggling with various disabilities, whether physical or mental, that may require reasonable accommodation.  Disabled candidates must not only contend with the barriers presented by their disability, but they must also understand how to navigate the difficulties of the recruitment process without disturbing the framework to such an extent that they negatively affect their hiring prospects.   So, what can...

Transactional vs. Litigation Work in Biglaw

Many attorneys — some early in their Biglaw career, others a bit later — begin to question whether their choice of a transactional or litigation path is best-suited to their particular personality preferences and career goals.  Of course, it’s never too late to switch if you’re deeply unhappy with the sort of work that you’re currently locked into.  In most cases, however, curious attorneys are on the fence as to whether a move to one or the other (transactional or litigation work) would be reasonable,...

Root Causes of Associate Turnover

A certain baseline level of associate turnover is expected at nearly every law firm, from Biglaw to smaller, boutique firms — and to some extent, associate turnover is inevitable.  Even if the firm has been “good to them,” after a few years, many associates begin to question their work circumstances and whether there are better, more suitable options.  For example, a third-year associate may be relatively happy at her current firm (and with her current projects and responsibilities) but may be seriously contemplating a lateral...

Legal Tech Trends and Industry Consequences

As of 2017, the legal industry is still rather slow to adopt new technology and integrate such technology into the work environment — and to some degree, the general disinterest showcased by the legal industry is justified.  Truly market-shifting, cohesive, and comprehensive legal technology is still in its infancy.  For those attorneys who fancy themselves “tech savvy” professionals, and for those law firms who pride themselves on being at “the cutting edge” of the industry, a mish-mash of existing tech tools may be sufficient for...