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 »

How Tech Can Change Your Career Outlook

The legal profession is well-known for its reluctance to adapt to change, especially in the technology fields.  Despite the inherent conservatism of long-standing firms and legal departments, however, younger lawyers increasingly benefit from embracing technology. Firms and attorneys who are willing to adapt their practice to the demands of 21st-century information exchange often find that… Read More »

One Interview Question You Need to Ask: Culture

Most hiring managers are familiar with the standard advice pertaining to interview questions.  Seek information about what the candidate can do for your organization, avoid unduly personal or illegal questions, and consider both the content of the candidate’s answers and his or her nonverbal communication. Lost in the sea of advice about interviewing, however, is… Read More »

3 Questions to Ask Your Legal Recruiter

Getting a phone call from your legal recruiter can be exciting, especially if you’ve been on the job hunt for a while.  Hearing about an open position you’re well qualified for and that is offered by a place you’d love to work is great news, and it’s natural to be enthused about the opportunity. However,… Read More »

Attorney Job Search Mistakes You May Be Making

Attorneys fresh out of law school have years of intensive legal education behind them.  Most also have on the job experience formed in an internship, clinic, or other setting.  After a few years on the job, attorneys also have a wealth of real-world experience to help them perform their jobs at their best. What most… Read More »