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Harrison Barnes' Legal Career Advice Podcast

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This legal career and legal employment advice podcast from BCG Attorney Search Founder and CEO, Harrison Barnes, covers the most important topics affecting lawyers and their careers. In each episode, you will learn how to grow and accelerate your legal career through in-depth discussions on issues affecting the law profession and those that work in it. Drawing from over 20 years as a legal recruiter and attorney, Barnes will explore the culture and character of law firms, how to move in and out of them, and how to rise, thrive, and sustain a career. Their discussions will offer advice for both Partners and those still on the path.

This legal career and legal employment advice podcast from BCG Attorney Search Founder and CEO, Harrison Barnes, covers the most important topics affecting lawyers and their careers. In each episode, you will learn how to grow and accelerate your legal career through in-depth discussions on issues affecting the law profession and those that work in it. Drawing from over 20 years as a legal recruiter and attorney, Barnes will explore the culture and character of law firms, how to move in and out of them, and how to rise, thrive, and sustain a career. Their discussions will offer advice for both Partners and those still on the path.

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United States

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This legal career and legal employment advice podcast from BCG Attorney Search Founder and CEO, Harrison Barnes, covers the most important topics affecting lawyers and their careers. In each episode, you will learn how to grow and accelerate your legal career through in-depth discussions on issues affecting the law profession and those that work in it. Drawing from over 20 years as a legal recruiter and attorney, Barnes will explore the culture and character of law firms, how to move in and out of them, and how to rise, thrive, and sustain a career. Their discussions will offer advice for both Partners and those still on the path.

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English


Episodes

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Top 10 Reasons Why High Junior Associate Salaries Are Destroying the Legal Profession

4/30/2021
You've heard the stories. You may have even been a victim of it yourself. High junior associate salaries are destroying the legal industry and changing how law firms operate. The high salary, along with other benefits such as signing bonuses and guaranteed summer pay has created a "golden handcuff" that is preventing associates from leaving their firm to pursue something else if they are unhappy. Not only does this make for disgruntled employees, but it also creates an unhealthy environment...

Duration:00:34:14

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Two Things the Most Successful 5% of Attorneys Do That the Rest Do Not: Ignore this Career Advice at Your Own Peril

3/17/2021
Two different attorneys approached me recently looking for jobs. Both were self-confident men who had every reason to be successful but will not be. Both attended top law schools and did extremely well there. Both got jobs in major law firms out of law school but had recently lost their jobs. One was fired and the other quit. Both attorneys made the same fundamental career mistake but in different ways. The attorney who was fired approached his career tactically but not strategically, while...

Duration:00:19:43

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: How Attorneys and Law Students Can Craft the Perfect Cover Letter

2/18/2021
Many young job-seekers make the mistake of saying a lot about themselves in cover letters, resumes, and interviews. A cover letter serves an entirely different purpose than bragging and talking about yourself. Your cover letter needs to make a connection with your audience and show you are interested in them. Your ability to make this connection and the strength of this connection will determine how well you do. Learn how to make a connection with your cover letter in this podcast with...

Duration:00:26:32

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: 2021 State of the Lateral Law Firm Hiring Market

2/3/2021
The 2020 legal market was the most unusual in the last 20 years—including the bumps of 2000, 2001, and 2008 through 2011. At no time in history has there been a market fraught both with dangers for the unprepared and opportunity for law firms and attorneys who understand its current rules. And there are rules in all markets. The ability of law firms to understand these rules helps them make more money. The power of candidates to understand these rules keeps them employed and earning as much...

Duration:01:00:49

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: There Are Only Three Reasons an Attorney Should Ever Switch Law Firms

12/17/2020
Attorneys make the decision to switch jobs for a variety of reasons. However, many attorneys’ reasons for switching jobs are misguided. Out of every 10 attorneys, at least four of them are fine in their current situation—they should stay right where they are. The other six have solid grounds for making a switch. Ultimately, their reasons boil down to the three described in this podcast. LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/bcg-attorney-search Website: https://www.bcgsearch.com/ Twitter:...

Duration:00:54:42

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Why Law Firms Do Not Like to Hire Attorneys From Most Practice Settings Other Than Law Firms

12/3/2020
Most smart law firms will not hire attorneys who are coming from practice settings other than law firms. Law firms will suspect that you may have left a law firm and went to another practice setting because you had performance issues inside the law firm. There are two categories of attorneys in different practice settings: those who have worked in a law firm and left and those who have never worked in a law firm. Both are discussed in this podcast. LinkedIn:...

Duration:00:35:56

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Every Attorney’s Biggest Weakness is Their Need to Feel Important and Loved

12/3/2020
If someone does not make us feel important, we do not feel good about ourselves. It breaks our confidence. It hurts our self-esteem. We question if we are good at something. We are not always motivated to do our best. We often rebel against the people who made us feel unimportant. To be good at your job, you need to make others feel important and taken care of. You should seek first to advocate for others, then they will advocate for you. Find out how this common weakness impacts a promising...

Duration:00:27:11

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Top 9 Ways For Any Attorney To Generate a Huge Book of Business

11/13/2020
When people are in law school and even during their first few years out of law school, they tend to believe that the most important components of a successful law firm career involve (1) billing a lot of hours (meaning working hard) and (2) doing quality work. Very rapidly, however, young lawyers come to understand that just as important as doing first-rate work is their ability to generate business for the firm they work in. So, how do lawyers get clients? Better yet, how do clients find...

Duration:00:33:56

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: The Top Marketing and Sales Tricks Law Firms Use to Get You to Work There

9/29/2020
There is nothing more important for law firms than appealing to the right sorts of attorneys to get them to go to work there. It needs to look like the best option for the kinds of attorneys the firm wants to hire. A law firm will do all sorts of things to appeal to attorneys to get them to work for it and stay at work billing hours. To do this, law firms need to portray themselves as different from the competition and better -- and speak to you in some method. They need to look like the...

Duration:00:27:58

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Why Your Family and Social Background Will Determine Your Happiness and Success as an Attorney More than Your Academics or Firm

9/29/2020
It is common for people to go to excellent law schools and start in significant firms, then have lousy legal careers that go nowhere. You can have every advantage on a silver platter. But none of this will matter if you do not have the values and a perception of the world that supports your legal career. LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/bcg-attorney-search Website: https://www.bcgsearch.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGAttorneyJobs

Duration:00:20:23

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: The Worst Possible Questions Attorneys and Law Students Can Ask in Interviews

9/29/2020
Any legal employer interviewing you essentially has three vital questions: (1) can you do the job? (2) can you be managed? and (3) will you do the job long term? The interviewers are also asking a fourth question: do we like you? Every question you ask during a law firm interview should be evaluated through these four questions and whether they beget positive answers. Getting even one of these wrong can be fatal. LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/bcg-attorney-search Website:...

Duration:00:35:39

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Why You Should Never Give Up Your Law Firm Job Search

9/29/2020
Giving up your search is the most serious mistake you can make. Many people are not reaching their potential and unhappy because they gave up. The purpose of this podcast is to motivate you to persist with your job search, and teach you where 95% of the business of law is going on - outside of the largest law firms and all over. Why? Because those 95% of law firms will hire you if you persist with your search.

Duration:00:27:13

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Why being a great businessperson is such an important part of becoming a great lawyer

9/29/2020
Many attorneys go into the practice of law with the idea of making a lot of money. The purpose of this podcast is to tell you how to think about making money when practicing law. In reality, it doesn't matter where you went to law school, how well you did in law school, or even if you want to be an attorney. If you want to make money practicing law, you can. LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/bcg-attorney-search Website: https://www.bcgsearch.com/ Twitter:...

Duration:00:33:43

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Ten Reasons You Will Never Be in Control Over Your Legal Career if You Work in a Law Firm

8/31/2020
Many attorneys believe that if they do well in law school, get a good job and work hard, they will have happy and successful law firm careers. Failure is far more likely than success. Most attorneys put a ton of work into becoming attorneys, working in law firms, and failing. But there are so many factors you will be unable to control that your odds of failure are much higher than your odds for success. LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/bcg-attorney-search Website:...

Duration:00:30:19

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Why Attorneys Need to be Exploited to Succeed

8/31/2020
Something occurs in the minds of attorneys that prevents many from realizing their potential for success. They get hung up on whether they are being taken advantage of by their employers. In contrast, most successful lawyers trust the system to take care of them. They believe that if they do their best and give their best, the system will work out for them. In most organizations, there is a conflict between advancing those who give their all and holding back those who do not. Too many people...

Duration:00:25:15

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Why ego damages the careers of so many attorneys

7/16/2020
The happiest and most successful attorneys are often surprised when their success comes. You will do better when you stop prioritizing how things make you look and feel. When you remove yourself from the equation and just concentrate on what you can do, that feels right and makes you and others happy. Too many people base their lives and careers on others' opinions, withdraw when they do not get the feedback they want, or keep pushing to get more and more approval to their ultimate...

Duration:00:26:37

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: What to do if you're not getting the job offers you want

7/1/2020
Many attorneys feel angry or upset when employers offer them a job they believe is beneath their skillset or pays less than they think they should be making. Others get upset when they are not getting job offers at all. In this episode, you’ll learn why you shouldn’t get bitter. Here are some easy fixes to get your job search back on track. LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/bcg-attorney-search Website: https://www.bcgsearch.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCGAttorneyJobs

Duration:00:29:13

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: The 5 reasons you don't get hired after an interview

6/18/2020
Once someone invites you for an interview, they do not care about your resume. They care about five different issues entirely—and the better you understand these, the better off you will be. Your resume says most of what needs to be said. A legal employer may say after an interview that they are not hiring you because "your experience is not right," but that is rarely true. The reason legal employers do not hire you is almost always because you are disqualified by one of the five questions...

Duration:00:30:33

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Simple tips for writing a great resume

6/10/2020
Daily I receive calls from law firms and others, rejecting some candidates and expressing interest in others. I want to be clear—there are specific patterns in people who get the most interviews and jobs, and those that do not. This all comes through on their resumes. If you want to get a position, you can listen to my advice, or ignore it at your own peril.

Duration:00:29:19

Harrison Barnes Legal Recruiter from BCG Attorney Search: Top 10 Ways Attorneys Can Move to a Better Law Firm

5/28/2020
It's not magic or parlor tricks that have helped struggling attorneys to secure incredible opportunities. Harrison has helped place many attorneys in prestigious law firms that, on paper, had a small probability of being hired. However, the attorneys who got these positions followed his guidelines and were able to achieve what seemed to be impossible.

Duration:00:30:27