The Lawyers Rising podcast features Founder and CEO of BCG Attorney Search, Harrison Barnes, in conversation with BCG Recruiting Manager, Brie Mills. In each episode, the two will share their expertise 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 out of them, and how to rise, thrive, and sustain a career. Their discussions will offer advice for both Partners and those still on the path.
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.
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 security, wealth and prestige there is. The complaints related to practicing law tend to follow the ups and downs of the economy and the demands that are placed on attorneys at the very high end of the profession.
In this podcast, Harrison Barnes, Legal Recruiter explains why practicing law is one of, if not the best profession, in spite of the negative news that often surrounds it. While it's definitely not for everyone, within the practice of law there are so many specialties, each with their own unique requirements, that nearly anyone can find a practice area that suits their personality.
The hottest practice areas of 2019, as a percentage of the total interviews and placements of our candidates, were
3) Labor and Employment
4) Intellectual Property
5) Real Estate
In 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 take advantage of their popularity to advance your own legal career.
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 share the insights gleaned from our deep understanding of the legal market obtained through this process.
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 sending off the wrong signals to the world-or you are simply in the wrong profession.
In this podcast, we discuss the various reasons why lawyers might have problems finding work and what you can do if you are in this situation.
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 yourself in a business that not everyone can do. Today we discuss the top reasons why you should consider opening your own practice. We also reveal why that might be a bad idea.
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 career. Once you learn how to generate business for yourself, you are in control of your career and can take that business with you anywhere you go.
And take note: You need to learn how successful people act and think in order to be like them. The quality of your life is directly related to what you know and the people you surround yourself with. Your career and life can be anything you want them to be if you take the right actions and surround yourself with the right people.
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 is nothing wrong with being average, you can begin to relax and enjoy your life and career more than ever before.
And take note: The large majority of attorneys are average. Only a small handful can be exceptional, and the price for exceptional status is extraordinarily high. It’s OK to be average, and accepting this can be hugely beneficial to your health and happiness.
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 your anxiety once you identify the source.
And take note: The good news is that most cases of career anxiety are 100% fixable. Once you are able to identify the cause you can make a small, simple change that will make you much happier in your life and career.
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 office minefield?
Our BCG Attorney Search team of Founder and CEO Harrison Barnes, Recruiting Manager Brie Mills, Recruiter Romina Filippou, and host Danny Rindeau discuss the secrets, general rules, and strategies for building and maintaining your best career.
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 Recruiting Manager Brie Mills and Recruiter Nadeen Weybrecht about the importance of looking up while your keeping your head-down in the work. Looking beyond your billables; the economy may be strong today but what about tomorrow? Are the businesses of your corporate clients struggling? Is the work across the firm slowing or only the work that’s coming to you? Do you have a specialty that makes you valuable to the firm? Is the industry or the economy heading toward a downturn?
What practice areas do better in a recession? Where will you find the best information to gauge the health of your profession? Are you seeing signs that you need to make a lateral move, quickly? Do you have a Plan B or C?
If you don’t, get one now. Our team tells you how.
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, not personal. They explain why this criticism should be considered an opportunity for growth.
And take note: When senior associates and partners criticize you they’re also testing you. Are you a good prospect? Are you teachable? So while you may feel it in your gut, also take it to heart. But whatever you do, learn to take it: How you take it may determine the future of your legal career.
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?
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 trouble convincing hiring law firms of that fact.
And, no, going in-house isn’t the only option.
• Where you should target (probably not Big Law)
• Important resources you may not know about
• How to expand your search (including geographically)
• Who’s better off, the specialist or the generalist?
• How to manage expectations
• Why a good recruiter is so much better at this than you are
Are you telling your story right? This podcast will help you tell a better one.
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, Recruiting Manager Brie Mills, and Legal Recruiter Jessica Portela as they discuss what thrills and what kills on both paths. Learn which practice is far more competitive, which has better job security, which is “economy-proof ,” and which more highly values specialty.
And, of course: Which path will make you the most money?
If you’ve an interest in either field, listen and decide if your legal career is on the path it needs to be on.
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 chance for job security.
But what if you can’t? What if you don’t have connections, a network, the background, or the necessary schmoozy character?
Or this: What if you do have all of the above and it’s still not happening fast enough?
Join the BCG Attorney Search team of CEO Harrison Barnes, Recruiting Manager Brie Mills, and Legal Recruiter Karen Wenzel as they offer a variety of options and actionable advice. Digging into Harrison’s list of seven general strategies, the team also offers a range of other career suggestions for associates of five to seven or more years of experience. They’ll help you get your law career on track or to get you to a place where you may not need the track at all.
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 tell your story.
But if you must quit, the BCG Attorney Search team of CEO Harrison Barnes, Recruiting Manager Brie Mills, and Legal Recruiter Jennifer McNeil have advice to offer:
Take whatever good you can with you.
Can you snag a great partner reference? Can you keep your firm profile active for a while? Make whatever you’ve done look as pretty as you can. In this podcast our team will help: advice on how to stay (even if you don’t want to), how to leave and what take with you, good and bad reasons for leaving—and best of all—how to find your best prospects going forward.
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 knowing that law is a skill AND a business AND a culture. They’ll also discuss questions a candidate will be asked in interviews, what are the good and bad answers, and why you need to act more like a soldier and less like a general.
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 Brie Mills, and Recruiter Romina Filippou will discuss the realities of law careers that often surprise those that enter them. The Team explains the BigLaw commitment, why it is what it is, and the consequences and alternatives for those who choose to opt out.
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 going underground and more. In their discussion, Barnes and Mills will guide you through the many ways you can generate value for your firm by generating value for yourself and building the dream of every attorney-the Path to Partner.
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. From specialization, lateral moves, alliances, to mentoring and more. They go over ways you can strengthen your skills to make yourself the go-to asset no firm live do without: Suggestions to make your position with any firm straight up solid.