• As lawyers embark on their careers, their worst mistake can be selecting a law firm in which they don’t fit.
  • The firm’s lifecycle is worn out.
  • The firm’s location may be bad.
  • The clients may not be likeable or easy to work with.
  • The culture might not feel comfortable.
  • Avoid these mishaps by selecting the correct law firm.

Summary: Learn the most important factors you should look at when selecting which law firm to join so you avoid making these four fatal mistakes.

Having a hard time choosing law firms? Make sure you avoid these 4 fatal mistakes.
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes


A substantial percentage of attorneys who are qualified to work in major law firms ultimately choose the wrong law firm. Because these attorneys choose the wrong firms, they end up not succeeding as attorneys. They leave the practice of law, become perpetually unhappy, underperform in their careers, and achieve far less than they otherwise might.

Most of my life’s work has involved finding attorneys who are likely to succeed in large law firms. This is a very competitive game. There are very few attorneys who have the right mix of skills to be marketable to large law firms. For example, if you were to take 100 random attorneys and law students you would be lucky to find even five that would be “potentially” marketable to a major law firm.