As new associates try to make sense of their law firm's vaguely worded dress policy – if they are handed a policy at all – they should keep two simple concepts in mind: Get noticed for your work, not your dress, and dress for the job you want, not the one you have.
No one is irreplaceable in the current economy, but professionals at law firms can take steps to increase their job safety, recruitment experts say.
When the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association launched its first annual career fair for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender law students in 2002, it drew about half a dozen mostly nonprofit recruiters. Six years later, a large chunk of the 150 recruiters slated to attend the event next month will hail from the country's top 100 law firms, signaling the increased focus that firms are paying to recruiting and retaining LGBT attorneys.
Women, minorities and younger attorneys are more likely to eye the exit signs at top law firms in the next two years than white male attorneys, according to our survey of job satisfaction at more than 200 of the largest firms in the United States.
Despite the lip service law firms pay to diversity, our peek behind the walls of the largest U.S. firms shows female attorneys are more unhappy with their jobs - and more likely to jump ship - than their male counterparts.
Minority attorneys at some of the country's largest law firms tend to be less satisfied with their jobs and their compensation and are more likely to leave their firms than their white counterparts, a Law360 survey reveals.
Hefty pay increases for associates have led to a surprising role reversal at major law firms, with associates now happier with their pay than partners, according to our survey of more than 6,000 lawyers at over 200 firms.
Nearly 90 law firms grew their ranks and expanded their footprints through mergers in the first half of this year, but bigger does not always mean better for the lawyers of newly combined firms.
With the deadline looming for companies to preregister the chemicals they use with the European Union, it's becoming clear that Europe's tough new REACH regulations could have a particularly harsh impact on small and medium-sized companies outside the EU.
The European Commission's ban on contingency fees and opt-out class actions has led many to question how large-scale private damages actions might function in Europe and has led claimants' representatives from the legal, advocacy and business arenas to test new approaches, with varying degrees of success.
Natural gas production has exploded across the West since the Bush administration took office nearly eight years ago, but the energy boom is being jeopardized by the decline of the greater sage grouse, a chicken-like bird known for its elaborate courtship displays.