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Hiring a law student can be a valuable experience for both the firm and your student. Here are some tips to make sure the process goes smoothly.
Craigslist's basic interface, low-cost listings, and wealth of potential applicants will more than likely get you the right person for your law firm — even if the list of applicants seems daunting to sift through at first.
Everyone knows that it is important to check your prospective hire's bona fides. Here are some ways to ensure you get something more than just perfunctory answers from candidate references.
Hopefully, you’ll never need to fire an associate attorney you hired. But once you decide that it’s time to fire your associate, here are some keys to minimizing potential problems.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with aspects of your business, consider delegating or outsourcing certain tasks so you can focus on providing legal services.
Finding the perfect fit for your firm takes patience. If you are having difficulty hiring or retaining quality staff members for your firm, reevaluate your hiring process and the criteria on which you are basing your decisions.
From the ABA Journal: Lawyers with “higher levels of resilience, empathy, initiative and sociability” are more likely to leave law practice than those with lower levels of those traits. In other words, don’t hire associates who display the characteristics you actually want in an associate.
Amazingly, my partner and I have been up and running for about eighteen months now. We haven’t killed each other, we haven’t been disbarred, and we have kept the lights on. And now we’ve decided it’s time to expand. This summer we will bring on an associate attorney and get some real health insurance.