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Legal Career Advice for Selecting an Area of Specialization (Part Two)

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 7/24/14 9:00 AM


Deciding on an area of legal specialization to pursue is a critical decision, one that can have a long-lasting impact on your career.


That certainly has been true in my experience, as I’ve transitioned through different roles during my career -- from working as a litigation attorney following law school to counseling clients today on strategic and cost-effective legal business project and staffing solutions.  


Topics: Career advice, Salary

Legal Career Advice for Selecting an Area of Specialization (Part 1)

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 7/22/14 9:00 AM


When I was in law school, there was no question in my mind what legal practice area I would pursue upon graduation. I greatly enjoyed debate and communication in school so litigation, with its focus on delivering convincing arguments in front of a judge, jury and clients, was my initial legal career path.

But, I remember that many of my law school peers didn’t have such an easy choice. Quite a few of my friends continued to wrestle with their decision about a specialty area of law to follow even after taking the bar exam.


Today, selecting a legal practice area in which to specialize remains a major decision for law students or new graduates. However, building a career based on a specialty that aligns with your skills and interests doesn't have to be difficult.

Topics: Career advice

Legal Career Advice: Salary Negotiation Tips You Can Use

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 7/17/14 9:00 AM

legal_career_advice_salary_negotiation_tipsWhile lawyers are frequently known for their negotiation skills in client matters, not all attorneys consider using them during salary discussions. Whether you're landing your first job or pursuing employment at a new firm with 10 years of experience under your belt, showcasing the value you can add to an organization should be your top priority when entering salary negotiations.

Topics: Career advice, Job seekers, Salary

Effective Legal Recruitment Efforts Are Multi-Pronged

Posted by George Denlinger on 7/15/14 9:00 AM


Even if the legal hiring environment is still challenging for many job seekers, this is not the case for legal professionals with the most in-demand skills. Lawyers and other legal professionals who can check all the boxes on a hiring manager’s wish list are tough to find, especially those who have backgrounds in lucrative practice areas, such as litigation, business/commercial, compliance, and intellectual property law. 

Topics: Management advice, Hiring advice

Landing an In-House Position - 5 Legal Career Strategies to Keep in Mind

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 7/10/14 9:00 AM

Legal_career_strategies_to_Land_In-House_Legal_JobsWhether you're a recent graduate looking to land a full-time legal job or an attorney wanting to make a move, here are five legal career strategies to help land your ideal in-house legal position:

Topics: Legal profession, Career advice, Legal jobs

The Joint Degree: A Growing Trend for Law Students Seeking to Broaden Legal Career Options

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 7/8/14 9:00 AM

agency_photo_joint_degrees_broad_legal_career_optionsSpecialization is a growing trend in legal education, prompting many law students to earn a master's degree in addition to the Juris Doctor (JD). This decision can lead to more professional development opportunities for law students during law school, as well as career advantages after graduation. And many law schools are responding to the demand for specialization by offering joint degrees — the ability to earn two degrees during the same course of study.

Topics: Industry trends, Career advice

Legal Career Independence: Chart Your Path to Success

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 7/3/14 9:00 AM



Legal career independence – to some, it implies the ability to set out as a solo practitioner, be their own boss, follow an entrepreneurial path as a legal professional. Others define legal career independence in a broader context – the power to chart their own course in their legal pursuits.

Regardless of your role within the legal profession -- if you're an attorney at a traditional law firm, an in-house general counsel, a compliance officer, or work in any of a number of other legal positions – asserting your career independence is a powerful way to fuel your career success. You are in the best position to define -- and create -- the path to achieve your professional goals. And there are a variety of activities you can pursue to do so.

Topics: Career advice

Reverse Mentoring in Legal Jobs

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 7/1/14 9:00 AM

agency_photo_reverse_mentoring_in_legal_jobsAttorneys of different generations bring valuable expertise to law firms and corporate law offices, adding to the collective knowledge in unique ways. And sharing this knowledge is not just a one-way street. Reverse mentoring, as a part of your legal practice management, can switch up the traditional top-down mentoring model. It can help bridge the knowledge gap between senior and newer legal professionals and provide flexibility for everyone in the office to participate in teaching others new skills.

Topics: Management advice

Where the Legal Jobs Are in the Second Half of 2014: Litigation Tops the List of Growing Specialty Areas

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 6/26/14 12:41 PM

One in four lawyers (29 percent) recently interviewed by Robert Half Legal said their companies will be adding new legal jobs in the second half of 2014. This is up two points from a prior hiring survey we conducted six months ago. Fifty-two percent of lawyers we surveyed said they expect to only fill vacant posts, while 10 percent said they would neither fill vacant positions nor create new ones. Just two percent of respondents anticipate staff reductions in the next six months.

Topics: Industry trends, Job seekers, Hiring advice

Advice on Making a Legal Career Move

Posted by George Denlinger on 6/24/14 9:00 AM

agency_photo_7_career_moveIf you're a talented associate at a private law firm who wants to make a change in your legal career, the good news is that there are a number of options in front of you. But before you make a career move, set aside some time for introspection and consider the reasons you feel it’s time to act.

Topics: Career advice

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