Legal Career Assessment

Are you happy in your law career? Have you considered what your next step will be? Taking stock of where you are, and how you feel about it, will most certainly help inform where you want to go next. FindLaw’s Legal Career Assessment section covers a broad range of issues in this area: things to consider in becoming partner, strategies for self-assessment, evaluating your current law position, finding satisfaction, and dealing with working all the time. It may be time for you to evaluate your career. FindLaw has tips and tools that will help you get started on your way.

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    • Things to Consider in Becoming Partner

      How do you know if partnership is right for you? Here are a few things you may want to consider.

      Work: It's All I Do!

      Many lawyers complain the profession consumes them. Practicing law exemplifies the trading off between time and money. Time truly is money. You sell time; and your life is your time. Law firms are businesses that sell their employees'’ time.


      Surviving a Bad Performance Review, Part I

      Many lawyers and professional legal staff prefer to think of themselves as in business for themselves, merely using a group to provide office space, support services, and occasional camaraderie. But this assumed sense of personal independence undergoes a rude awakening when a senior partner calls you into his or her office.

      Estimating your market value.

      I recently asked for a raise. My boss told me to give him proof that other law firms in the area pay their paralegals more money that I am being paid. How can I obtain this information.


      Taking Stock: Evaluating Your Present Position

      In our last column, we raised some general issues about the search for career satisfaction in the legal profession and promised to carry on the inquiry with a closer look at the process of evaluating one's present position.

      Will Leaving an Employer Before the 2 Year Mark Send Up a Red Flag?

      Is there really an unwritten rule leaving an employer prior to reaching the 2 year mark will send up a red flag for all other potential employers?


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