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4 Tips to Find the Right Legal Job in the Right Location

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 9/30/14 9:00 AM

Looking to move out of state but not sure about finding the right legal job in a faraway location?  A job search is hard enough in your own city; add distance to that, and the challenge becomes even greater. Your professional network may be weaker the further you go, and you may not be very familiar with the legal jobs market in other geographical locations. But just because it’s harder doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. Here are four tips for how to find just the right job in a new location.


Topics: Career advice, Job seekers

How to Negotiate a Higher Paralegal Salary, Even in a Conservative Economy

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 9/25/14 9:00 AM

Wondering how to negotiate a salary increase? Although the nation’s economy is stronger than it has been in several years, it’s still not so robust that law firms have extra money to spend on company-wide raises. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the same paralegal salary year after year. You should definitely ask your manager for a pay increase, especially if it’s been several years since your last one – but you have to be strategic about it. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare and deliver your pitch.


Prove your worth

Topics: Career advice, Salary

Legal Career Options: How to Pursue a Position as a Legal Consultant

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 9/23/14 9:00 AM


As the demand for specialized legal expertise continues to grow, legal organizations increasingly are looking to legal consultants to provide a range of legal services to augment their internal capabilities on a short-term or project basis. The nontraditional path of legal consultant can afford you the autonomy that isn’t often found when working in a law firm or legal department. It can also be lucrative, especially if you have a business background or an in-demand specialty. 

If you’re drawn to a flexible schedule and a variety of assignments, consulting could be a natural fit. Read on for answers to common questions you may have when considering a legal consultant career.

Topics: Career advice

eDiscovery Document Review: Proactive Procedures Boost Efficiency and Accuracy

Posted by Frank Wu on 9/19/14 11:50 AM


Discoverable electronically stored information (ESI) continues to expand dramatically due to its convenience as well as its complexity. As a result, a growing number of organizations today, along with their legal counsel, are seeking creative ways to meet the dynamic demands of legal discovery, including procedures and methodologies that can help foster more efficient and effective document review and production. 


An important step to help streamline the document review process is to start by answering some fundamental questions:

Topics: Management advice, e-Discovery

7 Factors Legal Hiring Managers Look for During Legal Job Interviews

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 9/18/14 9:00 AM

When you interview for legal jobs, you know hiring managers will ask about your skills and experiences. But as you’re answering these questions, they’re scrutinizing much more than just your words. Here’s a look at how interviewers evaluate candidates for today’s in-demand legal positions.


Topics: Career advice, Job seekers

Law Job Opportunities Tied to Corporate Compliance

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 9/16/14 9:00 AM


In the Association of Corporate Counsel’s 2014 Chief Legal Officer (CLO) Survey, respondents identified ethics and compliance as the most critical issue they face. CLOs flagged regulatory/governmental changes and information privacy as the next most important areas of concern. In many organizations, these disciplines all fall within or intersect the compliance mission.


Topics: Career advice, Legal jobs

Six eDiscovery Themes to Watch for the Remainder of 2014 and Beyond

Posted by Frank Wu on 9/11/14 9:00 AM


The process of electronic discovery has continued to mature during the past few years, with topics like technology-assisted review tools, social media discovery and proposed federal rule amendments taking center stage. Whether you’re an attorney, litigation paralegal or just want to keep current on the impact eDiscovery is having on the legal profession, here are six themes to monitor during the coming months:

Topics: Technology, e-Discovery

Legal Career Advice: Five Tips to Help Build Your Personal Brand

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 9/9/14 9:00 AM

A personal brand may seem like a concept more appropriate for writers, artists and performers — rather than someone with a legal career. But developing one is a fast-growing trend in many sectors, including the legal profession, as a way to stand out in a crowded and competitive field.


So, what exactly is a personal brand? For one, it’s not a logo or tagline. Rather, it’s the blueprint for how you present yourself, from the elevator pitch to professional persona. You probably already have developed one, whether intentionally or not. The trick lies in knowing what your brand says about you and enhancing it to leverage an advantage in your legal career.

Topics: Career advice

Considering a New Practice Area? Leverage Current Trends in the Legal Profession

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 9/2/14 9:00 AM

Do you sometimes find yourself thinking about taking your law career in a new direction? If so, you’re probably not alone. Because the legal profession is continuously evolving, practice areas ebb and flow in popularity as business dynamics shift, causing new law position specialties to emerge.

Topics: Industry trends, Career advice

You'll Never Guess Why Sunday is Special for Those in Litigation Legal Jobs

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 8/28/14 9:00 AM


We all learn at a young age that Mother’s Day is celebrated in the month of May and Father’s Day is acknowledged each year in June and similarly, the date in July we commemorate our country's independence. And in the legal profession, May 1st is recognized by the American Bar Association as National Law Day.

And then there’s “Love Litigating Lawyers Day” – can anyone put a date to that one?

Topics: Legal profession

Blog Contributors

Charles A. Volkert, Esq.
Charles ("Chad") Volkert is the executive director of Robert Half Legal ...

George Denlinger
George Denlinger is the senior district president for Robert Half Legal ...

Frank Wu
Frank Wu has more than 22 years of professional experience working ...

Lisa M. Hamilton
Lisa Hamilton oversees public relations for Robert Half Legal ...