MENLO PARK, CA – LAWFUEL – First for law news – When you think of words to describe a law firm’s culture, what comes to mind? Formal? Competitive? Not so, say attorneys. When surveyed recently about their work environments, the top adjectives used were “team oriented” (76 percent), “family friendly” (36 percent) and “casual” (30 percent).
The survey was developed by Robert Half Legal, a leading staffing service specializing in attorneys, paralegals and other highly skilled legal professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 100 attorneys among the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms in the United States and Canada.
Attorneys were asked, “Which two of the following adjectives best describe your law firm’s culture?” Their responses:*
Team oriented 76%
Family friendly 36%
Fast paced 26%
“Managing cases has always required collaboration among lawyers because of the scope and complexity of the work. One difference today is that a broader range of legal professionals are actively involved,” said Charles Volkert, executive director of Robert Half Legal. “Paralegals, for instance, are handling more billable tasks and assuming responsibilities previously held by attorneys, such as conducting preliminary research and preparing legal documents.”
Volkert added, “Greater work/life balance is a priority for employees in all professions, and many law firms are responding by reassessing their corporate cultures and providing family-friendly benefits and a more relaxed atmosphere at the office.”
About Robert Half Legal
Robert Half Legal is the legal staffing division of Robert Half International. The company provides law firms and corporate legal departments with highly skilled professionals, including attorneys, paralegals and legal support personnel, on a project and full-time basis. Robert Half Legal offers online job search services at www.roberthalflegal.com.
*Participants were allowed more than one answer.