Trimming the fat from your law firm budget

As the end of the year approaches, as a law firm owner or manager, you often reflect back on the year. You reflect on the good that has happened and the areas where you fell short of some goals as well. To plan for the next year, it’s important to look back at your law…

Us versus them mentality in a law firm

If you are a law firm manager or owner, you want your law firm to succeed. To succeed, you generally need everybody moving in the same direction. Whether the issue be the quality of the legal work being performed to the business aspects of the firm, you want your entire firm on the same page….

Recruiting versus posting job advertisements

When lawyers and law firms would look to make hires, they would traditionally post a job advertisement. They would then review the resumes submitted and hire the best candidate. In the legal industry, posting job advertisements is still important. It is still important to post job advertisements in various places from your local bars, SmartRecruiters,…

Shrinking law school classes effecting law firms

In case you have not been paying attention, law school classes have been shrinking for some time now. The decline in the size of law school classes is widespread — and is not something that is isolated to specific schools or regions. Law firms that are excelling are well aware of this trend and are…

Open source program for designing advertisements

If you are putting out law firm advertisements in magazines, newspaper or even online, putting these advertisements together can take a lot of time and skill. Some of the programs many use to put together these advertisements can be quite expensive. For many law firms, the cost, or reoccurring cost, of these programs can be…

Applicants who reference social activities in job interviews

Interviewing applicants for law firm jobs is tough. You really have to sit and listen hard to the answers and questions of applicants. You have to attempt to read between the lines to get to the heart of an employee. What are they looking for in a job experience Why do they want to work…

Avoiding the me-monsters in the hiring process

Recruiting new employees in a law firm is an important ask.  It is vital that when you make hires, you get the right employees in your law firm.  No matter whether it’s a lawyer, paralegal or other administrative staff member, you want employees who are selfless, who care about the firm’s clients, the firm itself…

Promote from within or hire from the outside?

In any law firms, positions are going to open from time-to-time that need to be filled.  It could be that somebody departs and an important position needs to be filled.  It could be that your firm is growing and you are creating a new, important position within your law firm that needs to be filled….

Asking open-ended question in interviews

Most attorneys probably understand that they should ask open-ended questions on direct examination.  During cross-examination, that is generally the time to ask leading questions.  The reality is that a job interview is much like a direct examination where open-ended questions are preferable. A good job interview consists of what, where, when, why and how questions.  The…

Experience versus personality in law firm hires?

In a previous blog entry, I discussed the importance of making experienced law firm hires.  Applicants who have experience, and experience in the areas of law in which your law firm practices, can have a positive impact on your law firm.  It is certainly helpful to have new employees who are able to hit the…

Order of making a law firm hire

Periodically, any law firm is going to have a job opening arise. In some cases, the position might be important and need to be filled in an expeditious manner. Making a good hire is critical to the success of the law firm. The better the hire that is made, the better it is for the…

Who do applicants want to impress with their performance?

When a law firm is interviewing applicants, these applicants are interested are likely in a job from the law firm.  They are likely looking to get opportunities, a paycheck, benefits and are looking to advance their career in some way.  In some ways, many of these applicants may be screening the law firm to see…