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We are now undergoing such times where law firm hiring is going up. Every year the law firms are hiring more and more associates and NALP research provides the prediction that this year will have the largest group of summer associates since 2009. Therefore, it might be safe to say that the right time has come for those who hire and manage lawyers to improve their hiring by taking assistance from Ex-Lawyers. An Ex-Lawyer can improve the hiring policy of the firm in many ways, few of which are discussed below.
Why an Ex-lawyer?
Before we answer that you answer a simple question of us. Why do Cricket councils appoint ex-cricketers on the selection panel or even as coach and manager? The answer in one word is, simply Experience. This answer also applies in case of Ex-Lawyers. Lawyers who had been working in various law firms for most of their entire professional life have gained enough experience and expertise to help other law firms appoint the right personnel and further help them to train and guide them better in their job.
Why do Law firms need help in recruiting?
NALP statistics show that less than 5% of the biggest firms in the U.S.A use Psychological testing for recruitment assessments during the hiring process. Instead, most law firms tend to follow their past methods and hire on the basis of GPA, law schools attended, law review and short, unprocessed interviews. That is why most law associates leave their firm within 3 years of recruitment. As a result high spending on recruitment and replacing lawyers occurs which hinder the annual profit of the firm. Therefore, an alternative and maybe a better way of hiring must be figured out in order to minimize the extra expenses incurred and here the law firms could use some help of Ex-Lawyers.
How exactly are they going to help?
It is thus very necessary to find out what makes a lawyer happy and unhappy and what would be a better way to hire. Researches and workshops conducted by various organizations thus showed that before hiring a lawyer the firm must study their psychological behavior and come to terms with what they expect and demand from their respective firms. An EX-Lawyer thus comes into the fore with all his expertise and experience as a lawyer. He has the ability to understand and think from a potential lawyer’s point of view and therefore apply certain conventions and method that would benefit not only the law firm but also in fulfilling the Lawyer’s expectation. The Ex-Lawyers can study previous hiring traits and several test results of the firm and suggest or advise on where and in which perspective is the firm lacking in hiring. He can conduct psychological sessions where along with the many psychologists, he can study the results of the sessions and thus work out an appropriate way to understand the lawyers better.
An Ex –Lawyer can thus benefit the hiring process of a law firm in many ways and therefore Law firms should take the initiative in taking the advice of Ex-lawyers to help themselves appoint better.