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This legal career and legal employment advice podcast from BCG Attorney Search Founder and CEO, Harrison Barnes, covers the most important topics affecting lawyers and their careers. In each episode, you will learn how to grow and accelerate your legal career through in-depth discussions on issues affecting the law profession and those that work in it. Drawing from over 20 years as a legal recruiter and attorney, Barnes will explore the culture and character of law firms, how to move in and ...
 
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Two different attorneys approached me recently looking for jobs. Both were self-confident men who had every reason to be successful but will not be. Both attended top law schools and did extremely well there. Both got jobs in major law firms out of law school but had recently lost their jobs. One was fired and the other quit. Both attorneys made th…
 
Many young job-seekers make the mistake of saying a lot about themselves in cover letters, resumes, and interviews. A cover letter serves an entirely different purpose than bragging and talking about yourself. Your cover letter needs to make a connection with your audience and show you are interested in them. Your ability to make this connection an…
 
The 2020 legal market was the most unusual in the last 20 years—including the bumps of 2000, 2001, and 2008 through 2011. At no time in history has there been a market fraught both with dangers for the unprepared and opportunity for law firms and attorneys who understand its current rules. And there are rules in all markets. The ability of law firm…
 
Attorneys make the decision to switch jobs for a variety of reasons. However, many attorneys’ reasons for switching jobs are misguided. Out of every 10 attorneys, at least four of them are fine in their current situation—they should stay right where they are. The other six have solid grounds for making a switch. Ultimately, their reasons boil down …
 
Most smart law firms will not hire attorneys who are coming from practice settings other than law firms. Law firms will suspect that you may have left a law firm and went to another practice setting because you had performance issues inside the law firm. There are two categories of attorneys in different practice settings: those who have worked in …
 
If someone does not make us feel important, we do not feel good about ourselves. It breaks our confidence. It hurts our self-esteem. We question if we are good at something. We are not always motivated to do our best. We often rebel against the people who made us feel unimportant. To be good at your job, you need to make others feel important and t…
 
When people are in law school and even during their first few years out of law school, they tend to believe that the most important components of a successful law firm career involve (1) billing a lot of hours (meaning working hard) and (2) doing quality work. Very rapidly, however, young lawyers come to understand that just as important as doing f…
 
There is nothing more important for law firms than appealing to the right sorts of attorneys to get them to go to work there. It needs to look like the best option for the kinds of attorneys the firm wants to hire. A law firm will do all sorts of things to appeal to attorneys to get them to work for it and stay at work billing hours. To do this, la…
 
It is common for people to go to excellent law schools and start in significant firms, then have lousy legal careers that go nowhere. You can have every advantage on a silver platter. But none of this will matter if you do not have the values and a perception of the world that supports your legal career.LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/bcg-at…
 
Any legal employer interviewing you essentially has three vital questions: (1) can you do the job? (2) can you be managed? and (3) will you do the job long term? The interviewers are also asking a fourth question: do we like you? Every question you ask during a law firm interview should be evaluated through these four questions and whether they beg…
 
Giving up your search is the most serious mistake you can make. Many people are not reaching their potential and unhappy because they gave up. The purpose of this podcast is to motivate you to persist with your job search, and teach you where 95% of the business of law is going on - outside of the largest law firms and all over. Why? Because those …
 
Many attorneys go into the practice of law with the idea of making a lot of money. The purpose of this podcast is to tell you how to think about making money when practicing law. In reality, it doesn't matter where you went to law school, how well you did in law school, or even if you want to be an attorney. If you want to make money practicing law…
 
Many attorneys believe that if they do well in law school, get a good job and work hard, they will have happy and successful law firm careers. Failure is far more likely than success. Most attorneys put a ton of work into becoming attorneys, working in law firms, and failing. But there are so many factors you will be unable to control that your odd…
 
Something occurs in the minds of attorneys that prevents many from realizing their potential for success. They get hung up on whether they are being taken advantage of by their employers. In contrast, most successful lawyers trust the system to take care of them. They believe that if they do their best and give their best, the system will work out …
 
The happiest and most successful attorneys are often surprised when their success comes. You will do better when you stop prioritizing how things make you look and feel. When you remove yourself from the equation and just concentrate on what you can do, that feels right and makes you and others happy. Too many people base their lives and careers on…
 
Many attorneys feel angry or upset when employers offer them a job they believe is beneath their skillset or pays less than they think they should be making. Others get upset when they are not getting job offers at all. In this episode, you’ll learn why you shouldn’t get bitter. Here are some easy fixes to get your job search back on track.LinkedIn…
 
Once someone invites you for an interview, they do not care about your resume. They care about five different issues entirely—and the better you understand these, the better off you will be. Your resume says most of what needs to be said. A legal employer may say after an interview that they are not hiring you because "your experience is not right,…
 
Daily I receive calls from law firms and others, rejecting some candidates and expressing interest in others. I want to be clear—there are specific patterns in people who get the most interviews and jobs, and those that do not. This all comes through on their resumes. If you want to get a position, you can listen to my advice, or ignore it at your …
 
It's not magic or parlor tricks that have helped struggling attorneys to secure incredible opportunities. Harrison has helped place many attorneys in prestigious law firms that, on paper, had a small probability of being hired. However, the attorneys who got these positions followed his guidelines and were able to achieve what seemed to be impossib…
 
When you are looking for a position, the greatest danger you face is others controlling the flow of information available to you. Because others control the information, most attorneys, law students, and legal staff only apply to a limited number of places limiting their opportunities. In this episode learn about all the places you should be lookin…
 
The most common method of getting a position is through networking. You are better off using networking to get defined positions than just applying on your own. You can also find positions in the emerging marketplace through networking. If you are not networking to find a position, you are making a huge mistake.…
 
You do not know of all of the legal jobs out there—nor will you ever know about all of the jobs. The more job search methods you employ in searching for a legal position, the more jobs you are likely to find. In this podcast learn about all the places you should be searching to find the best job possible!…
 
Attorneys who limit their search to the market they are in severely hamper their career. Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, underappreciated, or need a new position, the smartest thing you can do is look at other markets. Not looking at other markets is one of the worst career mistakes you can make, yet it is one I see attorneys go through …
 
When you look at many of the most successful people, one thing is clear: They get lots of people to believe in them. The ability of the most successful people to inspire believers drives further success because it instills them with confidence and a willingness to take risks and makes others invest in them and their products. Others talk about them…
 
The law school you went to matters surprisingly little the longer you are out of law school. Do not get me wrong, the law school you went to matters – but it does not matter forever. The law school is simply a way to distinguish you from the tens of thousands of people graduating from law school each year. After that, no one cares for the most part…
 
Getting fired, or experiencing the disapproval of a law firm, is very difficult for most attorneys. I have seen many attorneys go off the rails after losing their job or having a negative experience in a law firm, and it never ends well. At work and in life, it is always important to react in a positive way when something negative happens to you. T…
 
Attorneys who limit their search to the market they are in severely hamper their career. Whether you are unemployed, underemployed, underappreciated, or need a new position, the smartest thing you can do is look at other markets.By Harrison Barnes
 
We are in for a different kind of legal job market recession that will be meaner, longer, and more devastating than anything we have ever seen. The coronavirus recession is going to destroy countless legal careers and prevent tens of thousands of them from ever starting. This podcast will help you survive this recession.LinkedIn: https://linkedin.c…
 
Most of the news about practicing law is consistently negative-in fact, there is so much negative news about practicing law it is difficult to speak to an attorney or read a legal publication without hearing or seeing something negative about it.However, practicing law is not really all that bad. In fact, it can be about the clearest path to securi…
 
The hottest practice areas of 2019, as a percentage of the total interviews and placements of our candidates, were1) Litigation2) Corporate3) Labor and Employment4) Intellectual Property5) Real EstateIn this podcast, Harrison Barnes, Legal Recruiter discusses the reasons why these practice areas have been so popular in the past year and how you can…
 
This yearly report from BCG Attorney Search summarizes our placement of hundreds of attorneys in law firms throughout the country. By closely observing this process and the trends that reveal themselves, we get a profound understanding of the legal market and what is in demand in markets and practice areas across the nation. In this podcast, we sha…
 
If you commit yourself to the practice of law and follow the rules, finding work should never be a problem. However, if you are having a difficult time finding a job or finding work, then one of three things is probably wrong:(1) You are doing something wrong in your job search;(2) You have been doing something wrong in your career;(3) You are send…
 
A law license is essentially a business license. Once you pass the state bar you are granted a license to practice law in that state. You are now able to go into the market and charge a fee for legal services. The true value of passing the bar is not necessarily that you can go to work for someone else-it is also that you can go to work for yoursel…
 
On this podcast, BCG Attorney Search Recruiting Manager Brie Mills and Founder/CEO Harrison Barnes discuss how any attorney can take control of their destiny by generating a large amount of business for themselves. So many attorneys rely on partners and others at their law firm to give them work, which puts them at a disadvantage later in their car…
 
On this podcast, BCG Attorney Search Recruiting Manager Brie Mills, Recruiter Jennifer McNeil, and Founder/CEO Harrison Barnes discuss how you can be happier and have a better quality of life as an average attorney. So many attorneys strive to be the very best at the expense of their mental and physical health. Once you learn to accept that there i…
 
On this podcast, BCG Attorney Search Recruiting Manager Brie Mills and Founder/CEO Harrison Barnes discuss the two primary sources of career anxiety when practicing law. Career anxiety can easily get in the way of having a happy, successful career, and the first step to overcoming it is identifying where it comes from. They explain how to overcome …
 
Law firms are rife with office politics and can be difficult for associates to navigate. Partners and senior associates may exhibit bad behavior, bad habits, and produce bad work that is capable of staining, damaging, or worse, ending careers—including those for the people that work under them. How does the smart attorney navigate this potential of…
 
Your law firm just kicked you to the curb. Should you have seen it coming?This isn’t about your quality as an attorney, that’s another discussion; this is about those circumstances beyond your control—not just at your firm, but in the legal industry and the economy at large.Host Daniel “Danny” Rindeau speaks with the BCG Attorney Search team of Rec…
 
On this podcast our BCG Attorney Search team of Recruiting Manager Brie Mills and Recruiter Karen Wenzel discuss the role of receiving and accepting criticism in a legal career. It can be painful, no doubt, but everyone will be on the receiving end of it in their legal careers from time to time—especially young associates. But it’s professional, no…
 
You’re a senior attorney, 7 years of experience or more—or maybe a lot more, and you don’t know where or how to find a new position. Your search is only piling up the rejections. Surrender?No!Listen as BCG Attorney Search CEO and Managing Director Harrison Barnes and Recruiting Manager Brie Mills explain why you’re marketable and why you’re having …
 
Both practice areas have their pros and cons. Which is better for you will depend on your personality and interests. Do you find drama and attacking an opponent sexy? Or are you less confrontational and more cerebral? Do you write well but find the minutiae of contracts insanely tedious?Join our BCG Attorney Search team of CEO Harrison Barnes, Recr…
 
Ever heard the stories of horrid attorneys with worse habits and yet somehow still have great jobs? How do they do it?It’s called a Big Book of Business.As an attorney at a law firm, you’ll be expected to start building yours ASAP. Otherwise, you’re costing the firm money—you’ll be seen as an unprofitable liability. A Book of Business is your best …
 
Quitting your associate’s job? First piece of advice—Don’t! Remember this: After the bar, there are no other skills test but one: your career history and what the people you worked with think of you. It’s the test of character and skill a future employer will have. Done wrong, your patterns and gaps can make you look sketchy; learn how to better te…
 
Making a lateral move? So then, how good of a storyteller are you? Because to convince a prestigious law firm that you're the one they're looking for you'll need to be a good one. In this episode of the podcast, BCG Attorney Search CEO Harrison Barnes and Recruiting Manager Brie Mills explain that the ways of success for a lateral attorney are know…
 
Ever heard of work-life balance? For an attorney this means lots of work, not much life. Such is the deal that comes with those big salaries. And how are those salaries paid? Through ever-increasing billable hours and the sacrifices of the dedicated attorneys who work them. In this episode, the BCG team of CEO Harrison Barnes, Recruiting Manager Br…
 
In this introductory episode, expert Legal Recruiter Harrison Barnes of BCG Attorney Search and Recruiting Manager Brie Mills dig into why going in-house may be your ticket to career death. Barnes explains how the company's problems will become your problems, why having no clients to call your own is a losing proposition, why going in-house is like…
 
You know those attorneys, there's a few in every firm: The first to be hired and the last to be fired. How do you get to become one of those? In our second episode, Legal Recruiter Harrison Barnes of BCG Attorney Search and Recruiting Manager Brie Mills discuss ways attorneys, both young and experienced; can build muscular and indispensable careers…
 
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