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5 Questions You Will Likely be Asked During a Legal Job Interview

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 3/3/15 11:00 AM

Successful interviewing with law firms and corporate legal departments has a great deal to do with proper research and making a point to distinguish yourself from other job candidates.

One smart strategy is to practice specific responses to a few of the questions commonly asked during law job interviews beyond the typical queries, such as, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” and “Tell me about yourself.”

Here are five topics the hiring manager is likely to introduce during the interview, along with an idea of the type of response he or she is probably looking for:

Topics: Career advice

Healthcare Law Update: Tips for Dodging Records Management Minefields

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 2/27/15 1:00 PM


On February 11, 2015, Robert Half Legal was invited to speak at the New York Chapter of the Association of Records Managers (ARMA). Robert Half invited Karina Smuclovisky, assistant general counsel, Memorial Healthcare System (pictured below), to join Joel Wuesthoff, senior director of Robert Half Legal’s eDiscovery and Information Governance Solutions, for the evening presentation entitled, “Dodging the Minefields: Updates from healthcare front lines on transitioning from Records Management to IG.”


Topics: Management advice, Industry trends, Industry events

For Legal Professionals: Simple Secret to Achieving Work-Life Balance

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 2/26/15 11:00 AM

Work-life balance: Do you think about it? Do you have it? Do you focus sufficient time and attention to your personal life and interests while pursuing your professional goals?

For those with law careers, striking a balance between professional and personal priorities can be tricky. Increasingly, work-life balance is a concern that’s top of mind for those in the legal field. In a Robert Half Legal survey, nearly seven in 10 lawyers interviewed cited “flexible work hours or telecommuting” as one of the best incentives for recruiting and retaining legal professionals because of the work options they offer. 

Topics: Career advice

Client Demands Driving Change in Legal Profession: 8 Ways Firms Can Keep Up

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 2/24/15 11:00 AM

New legal research confirms that law firms need to refine and bolster client services, including case strategy and fee arrangements, if they are to remain competitive. Robert Half Legal’s annual Future Law Office research program examines how firms and corporate legal departments are reacting to current trends in the legal profession. Here are eight ways law firms can expand their business, cement client relationships and stay ahead of the competition.


Topics: Industry trends, Future Law Office

Interviewing for a Legal Job? Research, Research, Research

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 2/19/15 11:00 AM


Any time you ask a colleague or friend for guidance about interviewing for a legal job, you’re likely to hear, among other tips, that you need to do solid research on the company where you've applied. Legal_job_interviews_require_research

It’s good advice: If you can show the hiring manager that you’re knowledgeable about the company, you come off as diligent, conscientious and truly interested in the organization and the position. You also give the hiring manager good reason to believe you’ll come well prepared to meetings and court appearances. You demonstrate that you’re serious about your career and selective about where you are choosing to work. And you’ll likely avoid embarrassing mistakes, like asking about a practice area the firm doesn’t have.

Topics: Career advice, Hiring advice

4 Trends That Will Change Legal Practice Management in 2015

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 2/17/15 11:00 AM

To make the best decisions for your company and career, you need to stay abreast of legal news and trends. Resources such as Robert Half Legal’s annual Future Law Office study and Salary Guide help legal professionals keep up with fast-moving industry changes. Here are four top trends from our research that will affect legal practice management this year:

Topics: Management advice, Industry trends, Legal profession

What makes a lawyer a great leader? 'Good judgment' tops list of must-have attributes

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 2/16/15 11:00 AM

On this President’s Day, it’s interesting to note that many of our nation’s leaders have also been lawyers, including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, to name a few. So, what makes lawyers natural born leaders? And what are some of the qualities lawyers need to be exemplary leaders? 

Topics: Management advice, Industry trends, Legal profession

Legal Career Essential: Mastering the Art of Delegation

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 2/12/15 11:00 AM

Whether you’re a legal administrator, managing counsel, legal office manager, or any other legal professional with supervisory responsibilities, you inevitably feel the pressure at some point as you assume increased responsibilities and are assigned more work. You can only accomplish so much in a day’s time. Right?Legal_career_advice_mastering_the_art_of_delegation

Unfortunately, far too many legal professionals experience this kind of stress, especially as they are expected to tackle increasingly higher-level tasks. More often than not, it’s because they get bogged down by the day-to-day duties they should be delegating to their employees. 

Topics: Management advice, Career advice

Multitasking: A Pre-Requisite for Legal Professionals?

Posted by Billie J. Watkins, Esq. on 2/10/15 11:00 AM

Have you ever seen a job description for a legal associate, paralegal or legal secretary list “master juggler” under required skills and experience? Likely not, but there’s an implied expectation that legal professionals can multitask and do it all regardless of growing project loads and demanding deadlines. Being able to effectively manage multiple cases, projects and duties in today’s fast-paced legal workplace is a fundamental pre-requisite, a capability that all legal professionals should possess.

Being able to successfully handle multiple projects comes down to organization, time management, prioritization, and a pragmatic approach to work assignments. Plus, it’s important to recognize that even master jugglers have limits.

Topics: Career advice

Strategies That Work to Enhance Legal Office Diversity

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 2/5/15 11:00 AM

Diversity and inclusion in the legal sector -- increasingly, it’s a topic that’s being discussed and addressed by legal leaders, law schools, news media, and other sources.


"For too long a wall of uniformity has defined the legal profession. A wall that limits entry and advancement based on race, ethnicity, color, culture, gender, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, geography and age . . . .  A wall that has left the legal profession an anachronism in an increasingly diverse society."

-- Excerpt from homepage of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession

To gain insights on diversity and inclusion in the law profession and strategies to enhance legal workforce programs, we talked with Liz Mikos, Diversity Strategist at Nesso Strategies. With knowledge and expertise on the impact that changing global attitudes and the multicultural workforce in the U.S. are having on business, Mikos partners with clients to develop diversity and inclusion practices to enhance organizational effectiveness and business success.

Topics: Management advice, Legal profession

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Charles A. Volkert, Esq.
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George Denlinger
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Frank Wu
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Billie J. Watkins, Esq.
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Lisa M. Hamilton
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