total career management
Walker Clark helps law firms and law departments to find clear answers to critical issues throughout a lawyer's career.
What do I need to do to have a successful career in this firm?
-- Associate in a law firm in the United States
In some legal markets, the competition for legal talent is even fiercer than the competition for clients. In focus groups conducted by Walker Clark members over the past 15 years, young lawyers have consistently identified the presence of a career plan as one of the top factors that attract them to a law firm or law department and keep them there. It is even more important than money.
How can we be sure that our associates are really ready to become productive partners?
-- Partner in a law firm in eastern Europe
In law departments, how can you be sure that your junior attorneys are ready to assume positions of greater responsibility, such as general counsel of a division or operating company?
Partnership in a law firm or a senior position in an in-house law department is not a training ground.
One of the flaws of many generic career management systems is that they might prepare a lawyer to perform his or her current assignment well; but they do very little to prepare a lawyer for long-term advancement to the top of the organization. As a result, law firms and in-house law departments frequently observe a serious decline in overall performance when a junior lawyer is promoted.
Some of our senior partners are not ready to retire. What can we do to accommodate them, but also be fair to our younger partners?
-- Managing partner of a law firm in Latin America
The legal profession is getting "younger" and "older" at the same time. While the ranks of the legal profession worldwide are being swelled by record numbers of newly-qualified lawyers. At the same time, ever-increasing percentages of older lawyers choose to remain active in the practice of law long beyond the traditional retirement age. One of the most complex challenges for law firms, in particular, is to provide a financially manageable structure for older lawyers to retire or continue to perform an active, productive role.
This is why any career management plan that does not address succession planning, transition, and retirement is incomplete.
What are your unanswered questions?
As with so many other aspects of legal management, career management in the legal profession is highly specialized to each law firm and corporate law department. This is why each Walker Clark career management project is custom designed to meet your unique, specific needs
Like our other services, our career management projects are based on a fixed fee that includes expenses.
For a complementary discussion of the career management issues and needs in your firm or your law department, please contact us by e-mail or telephone at +1.941.322.7077.