Take This GIFT for Granted and Your Legal Career Will Be Dead: Why Attorneys Must Always Have Access to Lots of Work and Be Busy

The most important factor attorneys need to survive is having access to work.
  • If you do not have work to do, you are unemployed.
  • If you do not have access to work that you are trained to do, you are underemployed.
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

At the outset, I cannot tell you how many legal careers I have seen stopped in their tracks when the work suddenly dries up, and it generally dries up (and will dry up at some point in time in your career). When work dries up … you sure as hell better know what to do. When work dries up or stops, attorneys generally become unemployed or underemployed.

The reason all of this is so dangerous is an unemployed attorney has an extremely difficult time finding another position. An unemployed attorney is like a cancerous leper to large law firms. Small law firms, in-house employers and others even fear them.

Your goal as an attorney is to keep gaps off of your resume, and if they are there, fix them promptly and quickly. You need access to work at all times!

I have no idea why this is, but I suspect the reasons the legal hiring world treats unemployed and underemployed attorneys so poorly is because they believe there is something wrong with the unemployed attorney: