Category: Recruiting and Retention

Is Your RTO Mandate Worth the Cost?

March 11, 2024

As we all now know, many law firms that embraced remote work during the pandemic and then made unsuccessful attempts to gently coax their employees back to in-person work are now instituting return-to-office (RTO) “mandates with teeth.”

Firm lawyers often find these mandates mystifying because...

Attorneys Who Quit Become Prospects

November 20, 2023

A 2022 Leopard Solutions report shows — unsurprisingly — that women lawyers continue to leave Big Law for in-house jobs or positions with smaller firms. The reasons why are familiar: Essentially, the pressure at the largest firms to maximize billable hours incentivizes a type of work (crisis focused) and approach to work (reactive instead of proactive) that lead to unpredictable schedules and unsustainable demands. Firms that have failed to address...

Vault Returns!

September 18, 2023
Kelly McNees

For those lamenting the loss of Vault, we have good news: It’s back! The beloved — or, more accurately, grudgingly tolerated and beloved — law firm rankings have returned after a two-year hiatus. This week we’re looking at why Vault is so popular, and sharing how lawyers and law students use it to assess whether your firm is a fit. As a refresher, Vault vanished in 2021 (technically, it

What 2022 Challenges Tell Us About the Rest of 2023

March 13, 2023

We are more than halfway through the first quarter of 2023, but the outlook — in the legal industry and across the broader economy — is still a bit hard to pin down. One way to try to understand what law firms may face in the remainder of the year is to glance back at 2022. Legal industry reports analyzing law firm performance last year can shed light on trends, but firm leaders should bear in mind that the past several years have been highly unusual, and a...