Tag Archives: small firms

Reshaping BigLaw

The traditional law firm pyramid model is under pressure. Historically, to support partner salaries at the top, firms continually added increasing number of associates at the bottom. Every year, big law firms hired troops of new associates and assigned them to high-volume but relatively low skilled projects to gain experience. Although contract lawyers, or, in…
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2012 Mid-Year California Hiring Outlook

The legal job market is a moving target.  Various areas of practice heat up or cool down depending upon a variety of factors including the economy in general, changes in the law (or judicial interpretation), and the growth or decline of industry in particular geographic areas.  So, what areas of practice are hot right now,…
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Fall 2008 Practice Forecast

Legal hiring is tied to the fluctuations of the economy and, therefore, is cyclical.  It is not surprising that, given the state of the US economy, the demand for legal services is down from previous years.  New York has been hit the hardest, with a decrease of over 4% from last year.  Legal work in…
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Across the Sea: Outsourcing and Offshoring

Once the legal profession accepted the concept of engaging contract attorneys to handle some of the more routine and repetitive tasks of law practice, outsourcing and offshoring could not be far behind. Outsourcing is the practice of paying a third-party vendor to do some aspects of your firm’s work, while offshoring is establishing your own…
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