While the law changes very slowly, practicing law changes quite rapidly. Lawyers used to be able to hang a shingle and the clients would flood in. In 2017, there is a surplus of lawyers, and everyone is trying to make what they consider to be the “proper lawyer’s salary”. The market is hyper-competitive, especially for small firms. Good lawyers and good law firms are quickly separated from the mediocre ones.
Most practicing attorneys have an idea of how to be a good lawyer. It means having a great understanding of the law, ardently defending your client’s position, and winning the most for your client. This is how many lawyers understand what good lawyering is, but if you’re managing your own practice, there’s a lot more that goes into it. (more…)