Archive for March, 2007

Even In-house Lawyers Want to “Train and Gain”

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

So says British Lawyers.com in a recent article called Train and Gain.  The article explains that offering lawyer training–especially in the soft skills–helps in-house legal departments attract and retain top talent. It cites a recent British Law Society study showing that in-house lawyers are clamoring for soft skills training to advance careers, especially on topics like client communication, managing external law firms to get the best value, and handling company cost-cutting.  Given that competition is fierce for good in-house legal talent, employers wanting to stay competitive should supply it.

Lawyers Guide to Working Overseas

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Lawyers wanting to work abroad should take a very quick look at this Guide to Working Overseas for attorneys published by international recruiting company Michael Page Legal. This quick guide shares some very basic facts–like common billable hour requirements–for attorneys working in select jurisdictions like the Cayman Islands and Dubai.  Although cursory, it’s also filled with luring photos.

Professional Development for Lawyers: Training

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Does your law firm have all of the clients that it will ever need?  Are you and your attorney co-workers fully developed leaders within your firm or corporate legal department?  Does your legal career satisfy every professional desire of yours?

 If not, you might consider additional professional training.

Law firms hire trainers for a variety of reasons, including to: help attorneys improve certain critical skills (rainmaking, communication, leadership and the like), and guide attorneys through thorny issues (diversity and associate retention, among others).  Training provides the educational framework necessary to move forward and make improvements; then it’s up to the attorneys themselves–alone or with the help of a  coach–to implement change.

International Lawyer Coach Inc. offers interactive, energeetic and highly customized training for our lawyer clients on a variety of topics.  Is there an interesting topic that isn’t listed on our Training page?  If so, call us:  281-247-4080.

 

Ask Janet: More Graduate Legal Education vs. Legal Work Experience?

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Question from Jose:  I am a Mexican lawyer with an LLM from Georgetown University.  I have the opportunity to pursue a doctorate of laws at US institution or take a job with an international agency based in the US.  Which would be best if I want to practice in the US?

 Janet Moore:  Take the job!  Jose, so many of your foreign lawyer colleagues are clamoring for good work experience in the US.  Academia is well and good, but if you want to have a vibrant legal practice (as opposed to a purely academic career), you truly need some work experience. 

At the end of February I spoke to a bright group of foreign LLM students at the Inter-American Development Bank during a program sponsored by the International Law Section of the ABA, among others. After the program many of the LLM students in the audience approached me (as have more in subsequent weeks) to ask for guidance on getting a real job in the US.  Jose, you are lucky indeed to have landed such a job here, and I encourage you to take it.  It can be an invaluable stepping stone to future employment.

However, for your fellow LLM students who have not yet landed job offers in the US, my advice is to keep networking.  Network with law school colleagues and professors, natives of your country who are living in the US, contacts at home who have US contacts–whatever it takes. From my observation, truly persistent and determined LLM students who do NOT give up, do eventually land paying jobs in the US–although perhaps not “dream jobs”, these jobs give valuable work experience and can lead to other employment.

Proactively Reduce Your Stress: Adapt or Change Your Career

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Here is my latest article on lawyers’ career change titled Proactively Reduce Your Stress: Adapt or Change Your Career.  You can also access my article (along with others by other authors) through the State Bar of Texas website’s section on stress relief and prevention.