Yesterday, I described some characteristics to look for in a law firm – characteristics that probably reflect an environment that fosters growth for non-attorneys. Here’s a continuation of that list:
4. What is the situation today regarding senior non-attorneys? What senior level positions exist and what are the job titles (is there a CIO, CFO, CEO? Are there Directors?). Are their physical offices consistent in size and quality with attorney offices? Are travel guidelines and bonus policies the same for senior non-attorney staff as they are for partners?
5. What is the reporting structure for Litigation Support / eDiscovery professionals? Many firms wrestle with whether litigation support should report to IT or to the litigation department. I’ve seen it work under each structure, and I’ve seen it fail under each. Here’s what you need to look at to determine whether it’s a situation that fosters growth:
As you’ve read through this list, you’ve probably been assessing your situation. If you feel that your current environment doesn’t score too well, remember these points that I mentioned before:
So, as you take a look at your current situation, start by figuring out how to uncover opportunities in your firm.
In the next post, we’ll talk about the importance of “knowing your stuff” and I’ll give you some pointers for staying on top of things. So, what do you think? Do you have suggestions for advancing in a law firm? Please let us know or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.
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