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Improving Recruitment and Preventing Turnover of Female Attorneys in Biglaw

Despite recent improvements to gender diversity and the widespread implementation of different female-friendly policies (i.e., flexi-work and part-time arrangements, roughly equal numbers of women associates in the legal workplace, the introduction of lockstep compensation structures, etc.), the Biglaw industry continues to bleed talented women from the pool of employees.  Firm surveys not only show that women are generally more dissatisfied with office culture and compensation than their male colleagues, but also indicate that, statistically speaking, women are poorly represented in positions of leadership in Biglaw.   If...

In-House Compensation Trends and Issues

In recent years — and particularly in the past year as Biglaw firms begin to ramp up compensation for associates — in-house attorneys have been exposed to significant pay pressure, which has pushed many to reconsider a firm career.   Traditionally, there has always been a substantial pay disparity between law firm and in-house pay (even when controlling for factors such as attorney experience, legal specialization, and firm industry focus).  Despite pay concerns, in-house recruitment has rarely struggled in terms of applicant demand.   In order to secure skilled...

Law Firm Flexi-Work Options and Implementation Difficulties

More than ever before, attorneys have greater access to a different flexi-work options in the legal workplace, from in-house departments at massive multinational corporations to prestigious Biglaw firms.  Still, though attorneys are currently living in a sort of “golden age” of workplace flexibility — thanks in large part to rapid improvements in technology and the lifestyle demands of a more diverse workforce — the unfortunate reality is that flexi-work options frequently go unused, or are implemented so poorly that attorneys cannot actually realize the value...

Desirable Skills for an Attorney to Develop

Legal hiring demand and salary growth has grown at a slow, steady rate in recent years, but if you believe that your current legal skillset is or would not be competitive enough in today’s law job market, then you may want to consider developing and potentially expanding your overall skill portfolio.  More than ever, private law firms and in-house legal departments are beginning to value attorneys who have a breadth of talents — not simply depth.   Develop Fluency in a High-Demand Language   A number of firms —...

Customizing Your Legal Resume: Targeting Specific Jobs

If you’re a working attorney looking to transition to a new legal job — whether that job is with a private law firm or an in-house legal department — then it may have been awhile since you’ve actually taken the time to reflect on and update your resume.   Far too often, candidates fail to recognize the importance of specifically tailoring the structure and presentation of their resume to target a particular legal job.  Candidates instead devote much of their time writing customized cover letters — a...

Knowing When to Make Your Legal Job Transition

If you are a skilled attorney associate and are looking to make a transition to another firm (or to an in-house legal in the near future), then you would do well to reflect on the reasons for your departure.  Making a legal job transition is a significant commitment, and you should carefully consider the direction of your legal recruitment process to ensure that you are actually moving forward and not running around in circles.   As you explore the possibilities afforded to you by legal recruitment services,...

What Biglaw Is Looking For — Attorney Personality Traits

If you’re contemplating an attorney job at a “Biglaw” brand-name firm but have not yet worked in a biglaw office environment, your perception of such firms is likely to be a bit skewed in some respects (and may be accurate in other respects).  This could be a disadvantage if you don’t take steps to inform yourself about your target firms and the legal industry as a whole.  The most informed candidates also tend to be the most confident, expressive, and passionate candidates come interview time,...