Harrison Barnes, Managing Director
Summary: With many major law firms hiring staff attorneys more frequently, this article explores what working as a staff attorney is like and if it is worth it.... READ MORE >
Summary: Being a law firm attorney means that you will face a lot more rejection, criticism, and other negative burdens than you would in almost any other career. READ MORE >
Summary: This State of the Market Report covers the major trends in legal placements for 2016 and 2017. As this Report explains, one of the most significant features of the new legal job landscape is the increasing demand for specialist attorneys and the decreasing demand for generalist attorneys. In fact, it appears that the new badge of marketability has become the quality of an attorney's "niche" practice area experience as opposed to the quality of the attorney's law school or law firm. This Report tells you what happened with the legal job market across the country in 2016 and what we can expect in 2017. READ MORE >
Summary: Find out why it is so hard to get a job in a law firm as an older attorney and how older attorneys can increase their chances. READ MORE >
Summary: Are major law firms really as diverse as they claim to be? Find out why they have a hard time embracing diversity in this article. READ MORE >
Summary: Why do some attorneys succeed in large, prestigious law firms and others fail? The reason generally does not have to do with how smart a given attorney is or where the attorney went to law school. The real answer has to do with whether or not the attorney follows one simple rule having to do with how much of a positive influence the attorney is within the law firm environment. READ MORE >
Summary: Are you in the right kind of law firm? Learn how the type of law firm you are in can make or break your legal career. READ MORE >
Summary: This article explores the unique way Yale Law School graduates think about their legal careers. To the untrained eye, these graduates may seem aimless with their careers -- taking jobs in academia and government instead of prestigious law firms. But on closer examination it appears that these graduates might have discovered the secret to greater career and life happiness. This article explains how most attorneys are rent seekers and how to make this system of rent work for you like Yale Law grads do. READ MORE >
Summary: Learn how identifying your “tribe” will help you achieve greater career satisfaction and financial security in a law firm. READ MORE >
Summary: This is a must-read article for any attorney who is considering taking an extended leave of absence from the practice of law. This article discusses how firms view extended leaves, the potential ramifications of such leaves on an attorney's career, and the factors firms will use to evaluate whether to hire you when and if you want to return to the legal profession. READ MORE >
Summary: This article reveals the secrets of the Harvard-inspired ranking system used by high-end legal recruiters to appropriately match attorney candidates with law firms. BCG recruiters assign rankings of “5” (highest) to “1” (lowest) to every law firm seeking to hire attorneys and to every candidate seeking to find a law firm position. The rankings are based on a host of criteria including (for law firms) the stature of the firm’s client base and caliber of the firm’s partners and (for attorney candidates) the candidate’s law school grades and the candidate’s work ethic. READ MORE >
Through the process of working with thousands of attorneys and law firms each year, BCG recruiters are able to gain a profound understanding of the legal market and insight into trends in demand for trained, lateral attorneys in the various practice areas. This article provides our perspective on the state of the American legal job market as we enter 2016.
Read the 2017 legal job market report here: The BCG Attorney Search 2017 State of the American Lateral Law Firm Legal Market Report READ MORE >
Summary: Learn why money should never be your first focus when you are trying to decide which law firm you should join. READ MORE >
Summary: There is a major crisis facing American law firms that has been largely ignored by the legal profession. READ MORE >
Article type: Law, Society & Culture
Summary: Why is it that so many attorneys feel helpless and unfulfilled?
Lately I have heard many attorneys ask "What's the point?" This generally comes up in connection with depressing conversations and leads to uncomfortable silences and existential questions. I often feel forced to agree with such sentiments and find myself commiserating with responses like "That's awful!" and "That sucks" and "I know how you feel!"