Corporate Law Departments Lead in Diversity

Diversity has become a major concern throughout the legal profession.  While law school admissions and graduation numbers indicate that the profession is drawing a diverse crowd of talented students, the top ranks of many law firms show little diversity – a fact that can easily become a liability. Why Diversity? When a law firm or… Read More »

2015 U.S. News Top Legal Schools in the Country

The U.S. News law school rankings consider factors like average GPA and LSAT scores, location, tuition, and number of students.  Each year, law schools and prospective law students alike use the U.S. News rankings to analyze and promote law school programs. This year, the U.S. News and World Report reports that a number of schools… Read More »

2014 Salaries: Contract Attorney Jobs in DC

Contract attorneys fulfill many important functions in law firms and corporate legal departments. For attorneys who work on contract, the opportunity can provide valuable experience, exposure to new and challenging projects in the law, and a chance to take a “trial run” with a legal department or other employer before saying “yes” to full-time, regular… Read More »

8 Secrets to Lawyer Career Success

Whether you’ve just passed the bar exam or you’ve been working in the field for a while, you’re probably looking for ways to succeed in your chosen area of law. While each legal subject area has its own requirements, rules, and vocabulary, some secrets of success in a legal career transcend both topic areas and… Read More »

Top 5 Soft Skills to Look For in DC Lawyers

Hiring Tips from the Legal Staffing Experts in Washington DC All attorneys need a sound understanding of the substantive law that governs their practice areas, as well as a thorough knowledge of court procedures.  What separates merely competent attorneys from their superstar counterparts, however, are the “soft skills” they bring to the table. If you’re… Read More »

5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Corporate Law Structure

In the face of new challenges like increased regulatory oversight and increased shareholder participation and engagement, corporate legal departments are facing tough questions about when, how, and why to restructure.  Although no one corporate legal structure is ideal for all departments, every legal department can benefit from focusing on a few key issues relating to… Read More »

Run Your Legal Department Like a Business

Law school prepares attorneys for the rigors of practicing law, but a legal education spends far less time on the rigors of running a business.  When a legal department is treated like a business unit, however, opportunities arise to improve efficiency, control costs, and develop a plan for sustainable growth that fits within the goals… Read More »

How to Get Your Interviewer to Remember You

The interview offers the first and often best chance to communicate face-to-face with the people responsible for making the decision whether or not to hire you.  Consequently, giving a memorable interview is important – but so is being remembered for the right reasons. How can you ensure you leave a lasting positive impression on the… Read More »

Corporate Lawyer Salaries in Chicago: Where Do You Stand?

As one of the largest and busiest cities in the United States, Chicago is home to many major businesses.  The legal departments of these corporations are often located in the Chicago area, making a career in corporate law a realistic option for Chicago-area attorneys with the experience and skills these companies look for. Corporate Lawyer… Read More »

Improve Productivity in 2014

“Work smarter, not harder.”  How many times have the attorneys and staff of legal departments heard this old saying?  In fact, productivity is about more than working “harder” – it’s also about knowing where to focus your attention for the best results.  By focusing attention where it is most productive, legal department employees automatically increase… Read More »