Dealing with Subjective and Objective Promotion Criteria

21 June 2019

At some point in their career, almost every lawyer is going to be looking at career advancement. While many firms have documented criteria associated with obtaining the next level of seniority, the actual criteria by which a firm makes a promotion decision can seem to be a little opaque. And, if you look around, it…

FOMO for Lawyers – The 5 Most Common Benefits You Might Not Be Getting

29 May 2019

FOMO: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media After the questions about salary, many lawyers are interested in finding out what else is “out there”. This might be because you’ve only worked at one firm and wonder if things are the same…

Is Staying for the Team a Good Career Move?

28 April 2019

As we crunch the data on the 2019 legal salary survey, one of the many interesting bits of information we’ve found is this: while money is a strong motivator to leave a firm, the motivation for staying usually isn’t the salary package. It’s the people. But is it really good for your career to hang…

My Boss is Moving Firms – Should I Go with Them?

25 February 2019

Everything’s going just fine – you turn up to work each day, knowing that Bruce will be on your left and Jane will be on your right. You settle down with a strong coffee to start your day of paperwork, research, telephone calls and meetings. And then your supervising partner calls you in, closes the…

Should You Take Staff With You if You Move Firms?

14 February 2019

You’re a senior lawyer responsible for a team of staff. That might include some support, some other lawyers, and some law clerks. You’ve found a great opportunity at another firm, and they’ve given you the option to bring some or all of your team along with you. The question is: should you? Start with the…

Does “Boutique Firm” Just Mean “Small”?

21 January 2019

If you’re hunting for a new job, you’ll see that firms use a variety of different terms to describe themselves. Common at the larger end of town are words like national, international and top-tier. But if you’re convinced that biglaw life isn’t for you, then you’re going to come across the word “boutique” a lot….

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