Gone are the days when a law firm was the stodgiest place in town to be. No more endless dark wood. No more leather chairs only in the reception area. No more cigar smoke hanging in the air. No more old boy network. No more banks of female secretaries sitting in windowless rooms pounding away on typewriters.
No, today’s law firm is not your father’s law firm. Today’s law firms, especially the larger ones, are exciting places in which to work, and offer numerous career opportunities. Just because you have no desire to go to law school and become an attorney yourself does not mean that you can’t have a very satisfying – and lucrative – legal career.
Whether your career goal is to become a legal assistant, a paralegal, an accountant, an IT professional, or a member of upper management, you can find all of these opportunities and more within a large law firm. Here are some additional reasons why you should consider a legal career.
Loving Your Job
When you’re looking for a job, you want one where you can thrive, advance, and succeed. You also want one where you can develop good interpersonal relationships. Consequently, you’ll want to access not only “customer” reviews, but also those of current and former employees.
Take Tully Rinckey for instance. This multi-location law firm headquartered in Albany, New York, receives an overall 3.7 rating (out of 4.0) from one review source, with specific area ratings as follows:
- 4.0 Pay & Benefits
- 3.9 Work-Life Balance
- 3.7 Culture
- 3.4 Job Security & Advances
- 3.4 Management
Another review source also gives this firm an overall 3.9 rating. In addition, 75% of reviewers say they approve of the CEO, and 68% would recommend this firm to a job-seeking friend.
If you want to do important work that benefits real people, look no further than a large law firm. Of course, it likely will represent corporations and businesses since it needs to pay its bills, including your salary. But most law firms do a significant amount of pro bono work, meaning their attorneys work for free for those who really need legal representation.
Again taking the Tully Rinckey law firm as an example, it has multiple practice areas and represents people from all over the country. In addition, this firm is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business that applies the ethics, drive and morality of the US Military on a daily basis, as exemplified by honor, duty, work ethic, and commitment to excellence.
Desiring to do good things in the world doesn’t preclude your desire to be well paid while doing them. Large law firms tend to pay better than other types of businesses. They also tend to provide generous employee benefits.
Challenging Your Intellect
Law can be, and often is, a highly complex, highly challenging field. You won’t meet (or work for) any dummies when you work in a law firm. Everyone, including you, needs to be at the top of his or her game virtually every day. The clients’ successes, sometimes their very lives, depend on it. So if you want a job that allows you to stretch your intellect and continue to grow and develop professionally, you likely will fit in very well in a law firm environment.
Although prestige may seem like a superficial reason for working at a law firm, there’s certainly nothing wrong with your being really proud of the place where you work and the work you do there. Nor is there any reason why you should not enjoy the prestige that comes with working for a well-recognized and well-respected firm. After all, the legal profession is one of America’s oldest and noblest, regardless of the notoriety that some attorneys have gained over the years.
All in all, a large law firm can be an exciting, challenging, even glamorous place in which to work.