How To Write A Staffing Attorney Job Description by Forbes – Entrepreneurs

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Recruiting candidates is a critical step that will impact the overall growth of your business. This would be true for any company, but when you are a growing business, success and the strength of your legal operations is directly tied to the quality of applicants you vet and onboard through the legal staffing process.

So, how do you create an attorney job description that allows you to communicate to applicants the rigorous skills needed? Which skills are most important for an attorney to possess? Let’s take a look at the criteria you should include in an attorney job description to effectively screen applicants.

Communication Skills

Being an attorney is a very public-facing role. Regardless of your company’s segment, attorneys are expected to interact with clients, legal departments, government agencies, potential jurors and other lawyers. A successful attorney should be comfortable with public speaking and possess the ability to translate complex legal cases or complicated situations into easy-to-follow advice for the CEO (you). Qualified candidates should be able to point to a successful track record — whether that’s new privacy issues, reviewing commercial NDAs, responding to complaints, or drafting briefs and correspondences.

Experience

Whether your company has a general counsel or is building a legal department, applicants should demonstrate experience leading a team or representing other companies in your niche. Legal recruiters should look for experience and review success rates to determine if an applicant is a good fit for the company culture. A new graduate may lack extensive experience working independently at a company but should be able to support day-to-day work under other senior attorneys.

Soft Skills

An attorney represents real companies, and their actions can directly impact a CEO’s decision making process. Building strong professional relationships is an essential component of their position. A successful attorney should be able to establish rapport with all employees, opposing counsel, judges, witnesses and even jurors. An attorney who is unable to connect with others will struggle to maintain relationships with key stakeholders and lack the ability to contribute to the growth of your company over the long term.

Strong Research and Analytical Skills

Practicing law requires being able to reference precedents as the basis for representing your company. An attorney should be comfortable initiating their own research and extrapolating complex information for an analysis that draws relevant comparisons to a current issue.

Time Management Skills

Attorneys carry heavy workloads and may find themselves working on concurrent projects. A viable candidate will demonstrate exceptional time management skills with a track record of attending to a demanding schedule that doesn’t lead to a reduction in the quality of service.

Professional Associations

A serious attorney knows that the learning process doesn’t end just because they earned their JD. Likewise, much of the success of this position is dependent upon their relationships. An attorney who is tuned into the community through joining professional associations is one who is well connected and has nurtured rapport with their colleagues.

Final Thoughts

When you’re ready to begin sourcing new candidates to fill associate roles in your company, try reaching out to a few online hiring platforms. Most offer dedicated support to help you create effective job descriptions and manage the application funnel at no additional cost. 

Crafting the right attorney job description is a skill that takes time to perfect, but by focusing on these elements and criteria, you can find the right fit for your business.

June 13, 2019 at 08:02AM
https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2019/06/13/how-to-write-a-staffing-attorney-job-description/
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