Skip to Content

Career Management

Your workplace: Being happier where you are, or getting to a better place.

career-management

Lawyering is stressful. Lawyers expect to handle the pressures of solving individuals’ high-stakes, emotionally charged problems. What lawyers don’t necessarily anticipate is that they may suffer stress from being stuck in a work situation that is not their first choice. Competition for jobs may mean that a lawyer needs to accept work outside his or… Read More »

Categories: Career Management, Wellness and Balance

LAWPRO Student Magazine: What do law firms look for?

career-management

Law students – like all students – are prone to anxiety about their career prospects. High-profile news about the employment challenges faced by new grads in the U.S. and changes in the articling requirements for Ontario have combined to create a climate of worry. But worrying about trends and generalizations can obscure the fact that… Read More »

Categories: Career Management

Paradoxically, pessimism leads to happiness

risk-management-strategies

Can pessimism lead to happiness? Conventional wisdom says no: “Research shows that an optimistic outlook is good for your mental health,” said Patricia Spataro, director of the New York State Lawyer Assistance Program, a resource for attorneys with mental health concerns. “But lawyers are trained to always look for the worst-case scenario. They benefit more… Read More »

Categories: Risk Management Strategies, Career Management, Wellness and Balance, Law Practice Management

Are You Being a Lawyer or Building a Practice?

career-management

Jay Harrington, writing in Attorney at Work, describes the journey from student to lawyer as a “well-lit path”, while figuring out the direction of one’s legal career is like venturing off into uncharted territory. There can be many routes to get where you want to be, as long as you have a clear destination in… Read More »

Categories: Career Management

Inside the Lawyer’s Mind Part 4: Sociability

risk-management-strategies

In parts 1 to 3 of this series we discussed the three traits that lawyers score particularly high on in personality assessments: skepticism, autonomy, and urgency. In this post and the next we look at two traits that lawyers score low on: sociability and resilience. In some ways, these are the most surprising findings. The… Read More »

Categories: Risk Management Strategies, Career Management, Law Practice Management

Inside the Lawyer’s Mind Part 3: Urgency

risk-management-strategies

In our previous two posts we learned that good lawyers score in the top 10th percentile on measures of skepticism and autonomy. A third trait that lawyers score high on is urgency, which measures a lawyer’s need to get things done and degree of impatience. Consultant Dr. Larry Richard states in his LAWPRO article that… Read More »

Categories: Risk Management Strategies, Career Management, Law Practice Management, Diversity
Back to top