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5 Things. Consider this.

Written by Allison Wolf

Fixing the bugs in the legal profession.

Much of what ails the legal profession can be fixed.  Here are 5 places to start.

  1. Leadership training and coaching for partners.  Being smart, senior, or a big earner is not an excuse to be toxic. Stay on top of proven leadership skills and styles effective and appropriate in today’s workplace culture.
  2. Overhaul the law firm business model with enough professionals to service the clients and work. No more throwing nights, weekends, and holidays into the grinder.
  3. More paralegals please! These desperately needed professionals are on an excellent career path, both for working in a firm or independently serving solo and small firms. Let’s create a plan to actively promote this profession.
  4. Stop saying millennials are lazy. They aren’t lazy.  You don’t get through law school without knowing how to work hard.  They are clear headed about wanting a life in law.  See point two above.  Millennials are key to transforming the practice of law for the better.
  5. Expand existing mentorship programs for junior lawyers. The one-to-one model is valuable and successful, especially when coupled with innovative programs giving access to a diversity of mentors.

The good news? Advances are being made. I know of firms that are overhauling their business models.  Lawyers developing their leadership capabilities.  Millennials shaking things up for the better.  And innovative mentorship programs are emerging.

What will you do in 2021 to transform the practice of law for the better?

About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at allison@shiftworks.ca or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.

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