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Recognize the Value of Legal Support Personnel (and Thank Them for It)

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 1/29/15 11:00 AM

 

Research for the Robert Half Legal Future Law Office project shows that legal support staff are continuing to take on a broader array of duties as well as more substantive work assignments. To reduce costs and enhance client service, legal organizations are increasingly assigning duties to legal professionals who can most effectively and cost-efficiently perform the work, regardless of title or level. For example, paralegals are taking on work that associates may have handled in the past. And it’s not uncommon for paralegals, legal secretaries and legal assistants to serve as active participants on client-facing teams.

Topics: Management advice, Paralegals and legal support professionals

Legal Job Interviewing Tips: Strategies to Stand Out from the Crowd

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 1/27/15 11:00 AM

When you’re in the running for a legal job opening, the in-person interview is a make-or-break moment. It’s the point where you become more than just a resume to the hiring manager, where you demonstrate your personality, character and intelligence -- among other intangibles -- to a law firm or legal department.

In other words, it’s when the firm decides whether or not you’re a truly desirable candidate. 

 

Before the interview, come up with three to five of your best professional attributes. Come back to these points of strength whenever you can during the interview.

So how do you best emphasize, throughout the interview, the things about your background and experience that make you right for this particular job -- and a good person to hire in general? Start preparing several days in advance with these four steps: 

Topics: Career advice, Hiring advice

Umbrella Handy? Legal Career Advice to Enhance Your Rainmaking Skills

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 1/22/15 11:00 AM

 

You’ve heard the same legal career advice over and over: The best route to career development as a lawyer is to earn a reputation as a rainmaker. Attorneys who can bring new business to their law firms tend to move up the ladder more quickly. They also usually have an easier time finding new legal jobs if they decide to change firms.

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So you know you should be working on client development. But maybe you feel like you’re too shy, or you’re not comfortable tooting your own horn. Or perhaps you’re so busy in the office that you don’t think you have the time to devote to wooing new clients.

Topics: Career advice

5 Legal Trends You Need to Know -- and Prepare For

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 1/20/15 11:00 AM

Ever wish you had a crystal ball to peer into the future of the legal profession? Fortunately, Robert Half Legal interviews leaders of the top law firms and corporate legal departments on the latest legal trends and publishes this research each year in its Future Law Office report.

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Topics: Industry trends, Future Law Office

How Should Legal Professionals Handle Social Media?

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 1/16/15 11:00 AM

Much of what is and isn't appropriate on social media sites is up for debate. However, legal professionals should maintain high standards in deciding what they post and with whom they interact on their personal social media pages.

Topics: Career advice

Law Practice Management Tips: Social Media Best Practices

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 1/14/15 11:00 AM

law_practice_management_social_media_tipsSocial media has become such a prevalent part of the modern world that no successful business can ignore it. Social media can be an excellent tool to promote your firm, recruit staff, obtain customer feedback, and reduce marketing costs – but it also comes with risks.

 

Here are five tips on how to employ social media wisely as part of your law practice management while mitigating potential threats that come from unprofessional use of these networks. 

 

Topics: Management advice

Legal Hiring Forecast: Litigation Expected to Yield Most Legal Jobs in the Next 6 Months

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 1/12/15 11:00 AM

The legal field should see additional hiring in the months ahead. Slightly more than one-quarter (26 percent) of lawyers interviewed for a new Robert Half Legal survey said their law firms or companies will be adding legal jobs in the first half of 2015.

Topics: Industry trends, Legal profession, Job seekers, Hiring advice, current news, latest news

Technology Ups the Ante for Legal Research and New Job Opportunities

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 1/9/15 11:00 AM

There’s no question -- technology is driving considerable change in law practice management and continues to be front and center among key trends impacting the legal profession. In "Turning Challenges into Opportunities: New Directions for Legal Information Professionals," a recent article for the popular LawSites blog, attorney Robert Ambrogi focuses on the field of legal information and the transformation of the law librarian, or legal information professional. He readily acknowledges that the “Internet has changed the formula for innovation,” adding that, “... in this era of Big Data, many are struggling with how to manage and make sense of it.”

While the physical law library may becoming less central to the legal research function, the work and value provided by information professionals is more important than ever and, Ambrogi writes, information itself will continue to be “an essential part of the equation of practicing law.” He discusses how law librarians can turn challenges into opportunities, describing various avenues they can pursue to adapt to the changing law office environment, including more than 10 alternative career opportunities, such as publishers, market analysts, trainers, and knowledge managers.

 

Topics: Career advice, Technology

Legal Trend: Cloud Technologies Empower Virtual Law Firms (Part 2)

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 1/7/15 9:00 AM

If you ask five different legal professionals to define “virtual law practice,” chances are you’ll get as many different answers -- anything from a practice that operates without traditional office space to an organization that has limited face-to-face contact with clients to a firm that uses only online tools to communicate with clients and manage cases.

 

But when you ask the question of Chad E. Burton, principle and founder of Burton Law LLC, he responds, “I believe a virtual law firm is just a fancy way of labeling two or more lawyers who collaborate and recognize that innovation and technology should play a role in serving clients.”

Topics: Industry trends, Future Law Office

Legal Trend: Cloud Technologies Empower Virtual Law Firms (Part 1)

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 1/5/15 9:00 AM

When Amazon.com launched its unconventional “virtual” platform to sell books in the mid-1990s, it introduced an innovative business concept that many regarded with skepticism. Can an organization without a bricks-and-mortar storefront actually succeed? Yet when Time magazine heralded Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, as its “person of the year” at the end of 1999, citing that “e-commerce is changing the way the world shops,” it helped validate the viability of the virtual business model across countless industries -- including the legal profession.

Topics: Industry trends, Technology, Future Law Office

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Charles A. Volkert, Esq.
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Billie J. Watkins, Esq.
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Lisa M. Hamilton
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