By Erin Giglia
The legal market is changing, and law firms and law schools are changing to adapt. In an article titled “New Attorneys to Adapt to Changing Market,” by Joshua Sebold, the Daily Journal reports that young lawyers of the future will make many lateral moves in their careers as partnership becomes increasingly difficult to attain. The Daily Journal asked law school Deans how careers may look for future lawyers, and they indicated that contract attorney networks like Montage are gaining traction:
“Deans said contract law firms such as Paragon Legal Group PC and Montage Legal Group, which essentially allow attorneys to work on a freelance basis, are also gaining traction in a time when big law firms aren’t viewed as the most family-friendly institutions.”
Law schools and firms are narrowing choices earlier on for students and young attorneys, and will require many more years to acquire expertise. Lawyers will likely become more flexible and entrepreneurial to reach their goals. Luckily for young lawyers, more and more alternative ways to practice law are constantly arising. See “Is There Alternative Life Inside and Outside of Big Law?” for more details on alternative ways to practice law, including secondment firms, freelance attorney networks, and non-traditional careers inside large law firms.