After playing his ACES, GC Jeffrey Carr sits out a round

Plenty of lawyers and law firms are on Twitter, but when it comes to making important announcements, the microblogging service…

Industry, not practice, makes perfect

For most lawyers practicing today, law firms have always been divided into practice groups. Trial lawyers join the litigation group.…

New Blackphone could help lawyers safeguard client information

While covering this year’s ABA Techshow, I reported on a session that focused on tools and services available to lawyers…

Jenner & Block names Terrence Truax as new managing partner

One week after Jenner & Block’s managing partner Susan Levy announced her departure from the firm she had led since 2008, the Chicago-based…

Judge: Let’s make apps for ex-cons

This is Rachel M. Zahorsky’s last Law Scribbler column. The column is going on a temporary hiatus.

Last spring, U.S.…

Minority women find blocks on the path to the top

Minority women make up only 2.16 percent of the nation’s law firm partners. In fact, for our June cover story…

Tech geeks gather to reinvent the law

They gathered without ties or adherence to a century-old model for legal services. Instead, those in the crowd of tech…

Virtual law firm plans to multiply like magic

One part law firm and one part business entity, Washington, D.C.-based Clearspire aims to expand its nontraditional legal-services model across…

‘Law is broken.’ Will these legal tech gurus bring about change?

Corrected: “The law is broken, change is coming.”

So said Axiom Law Managing Director Henry Jones at a one-day session not for the many U.S.…

Why don’t law grads participate in loan repayment programs?

Posed by a law school dean, the question above comes amid reports of rising student loan default rates. Although 1.6…

Law school’s ‘Debt Wizard’ breaks down loan repayment by cities and salaries

As the demands for more transparency from law schools grow louder, one school has built an online tool for would-be lawyers to calculate various potential…

Now is the time to go to law school, at least in this state, dean says

Updated: While critics continue to disparage the state of legal education, at least some of its top figures continue to balance calls for change with…

Women partners shelve work-life balance talk, say money and power needed for real change

Sullivan Hill managing partner Madeline Cahill-Boley doesn’t want to talk about work-life balance. Neither does Lisa Borsook, executive partner of Canadian law firm WeirFoulds. Nor…

New lawyers and military veterans both benefit from school’s legal clinic

In her own words, Kyndra K. Rotunda had a bee in her bonnet. The Chapman University law professor had turned…

Is it worth the risk to hire lawyers from a failing firm?

Is your firm at risk if you hire laterals from a dissolving law firm?

As two New York federal district…

New-model firm plans hiring spree, 50 to 100 lawyers a year

One part law firm and one part business entity, Washington D.C.-based Clearspire aims to expand its nontraditional legal services model across the country with the…

Drexel University’s Law School Takes Practical Training Online with LawMeets Course

As calls grow for change in tuition costs, loan policies and even the end of (some) law schools, is the…

It’s Not Just Money Fears Blocking Access to Legal Help; Lawyer Distrust Is Growing

The fear of possibly unaffordable legal fees is paralyzing access to legal aid for a growing number of moderate-income Americans,…

Firms Wave Goodbye to Billing for Research Costs

With clients increasingly primed to demand discounts, balk at hourly rates and refuse to pay for associate lawyers, a greater number of law firms have…

A Debate on the Future of Legal Ed Breaks Down to the Real Versus the Ideal

“If you are not going to law school … what is your alternative path?” asks Erwin Chemerinsky,…

When the Data Differs, Whose Jobs Stats Should Would-be Law Students Trust?

Finding trustworthy advice on law school can be no easy task. And it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier.

Pre-law advising for potential law…

Florida Lawyer Starts Residency Program for Recent Grads

In July 2011, nearly 2,900 first-time would-be lawyers sat for the Florida bar exam. More than 2,300 of those test-takers…

Law Prof’s Ideal, Affordable Law School Not Possible in Reality, Chemerinsky Says

“If you are not going to law school … what is your alternative path?” asks Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the University of California, Irvine…

Lesson from Dewey: Look Closely at Your Own Firm’s Finances

While the legal market, clients and the media keep tabs on the fallout from the Dewey & LeBoeuf bankruptcy, some…

What Can the Real Rate Report Tell Us About the Value of Entry-Level Lawyers?

For in-house counsel reluctant to pay fees for entry-level associates, a new study that uses actual billing data from 2007…

U of Denver’s Law School Takes an Extra Step Toward Transparency for Its Graduate Employment Data

There is no doubt the demands for increased law school transparency will continue to grow as universities are sued by…

When BigLaw Keeps Preferring Top-Tier Schools, Innovation Suffers

Not surprising to many of the beleaguered in the profession, only 8 percent of 2011 law school graduates landed jobs at firms with more than…

Law Students & Mentors Across the Globe Team Up to Develop New Approaches to the Legal Profession

BREAKING BARRIERS TO INNOVATION IN EDUCATION AND PRACTICE

Disquiet and frustration with the state of legal education and law practice…

What Risks Do Lawyers Face When Clients Keep Some Legal Tasks In-House Or Assign to Outside Vendors?

As the breakdown of complicated legal tasks among both expanded in-house departments and outside non-firm vendors becomes the new normal,…

From Opposing Sides and in a Recession, Two Attorneys Form Their Own Firm

In May 2010, as financial turmoil hammered lawyers—from Michigan’s top firms to solo practices—and their clients, two former opposing counsel…

A lawyer’s value, hour by hour

Graphics by Jamie Gannon

Firms keep a tight rein on employees’ mobile access to networks

Graphics by Jamie Gannon This article originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of the ABA Journal…

Solos go for tech in 2014

Graphics by Jamie Gannon

Lateral hiring drops again in 2013

Graphics by Jamie Gannon More statistics can be found at NALP’s Entry Level and Lateral Hiring page.

Law firms have shown little growth in recent years

Graphics by Jamie Gannon Click here (PDF) to see the 2014 Report on the…

How correct were predictions about firms’ 2013 profits?

Graphics by Jamie Gannon This article originally appeared in the February 2014 issue of the ABA Journal…

Face time holds steady, but digital interactions are changing client communications

Graphics by Jamie Gannon This article originally appeared in the January 2014 issue of the ABA Journal…

2013 surveys foresee future doldrums in legal spending

Two reports from early autumn may have brought on the chills for the legal profession. Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group polled law firm…

Legal data storage is moving online

Graphics by Jamie Gannon This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of the ABA Journal…

Rough winter ahead, in terms of law firm growth

Jeff Grossman, senior director for banking for Wells Fargo Private Bank’s Legal Specialty Group, describes the six-month figures on law firm growth as “anemic.” The bank surveyed more than 120…

Lawyers—if not jobs for lawyers—are trending upward

YOU ARE HERE A snapshot of the legal profession from the 2013 ABA National Lawyer Population Survey. Graphics…

Going mobile: A special tech trends report (gallery)

The data used in this special report was taken from The 2013 Legal Technology Survey Report.

Shrinking legal spending: Corporate clients cut back on outside representation

A survey of in-house law departments shows corporate clients netting major savings by using certain tactics to reduce spending on outside law firms. Huron…

Social standings: A special tech trends report

This month for Law by the Numbers, we present a special tech trends report. The following are data excerpts from the 2013 Legal Technology Survey Report. The six-volume 2013 Legal…

Lawyers say they like storing data online

For a profession sometimes criticized as being slow to change, the law seems to be flying into use of cloud computing for legal work. The ABA Legal Technology Resource Center’s…

Predictive coding is on the rise in courts

Last April, Law by the Numbers first appeared in the ABA Journal with a study of the effectiveness of technology-assisted review in e-discovery cases. For our first anniversary, we return…

2013 raises to peak for midlevel associates at midsize firms

Smack dab in the middle may be the best place to be as far as 2013 salary increases are concerned, the Robert Half Legal 2013 Salary Guide reports. “Average starting…

Should firms move to the cloud? Legal IT professionals are split

Legal IT Professionals’ online survey of its readership presented a split decision on whether key technology functions should become Internet-based–a process commonly known as moving to the cloud. The online…

Who’s Up, Who’s Down in Partner Pay

Major, Lindsey & Africa’s 2012 survey of partners at large law firms showed some significant differences in income depending on not only equity or nonequity status but also location, type…

Online Rain: Survey Says a Virtual Presence May Pay

The ABA’s 2012 Legal Technology Survey Report documents some good news from survey respondents who use Web 2.0 services in their practices—double-digit percentages…

A Debate on the Future of Legal Ed Breaks Down to the Real Versus the Ideal

“If you are not going to law school … what is your alternative path?” asks Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the University of California at Irvine School…

An A for Alternatives: AFAs Are Here to Stay

While the study ALM Legal Intelligence did for LexisNexis CounselLink is cautious in its analysis, it shows some progress in the use and the…

Burgeoning Blogs: Can They Give BigLaw Firms an Edge?

LexBlog’s 2012 survey of large U.S. law firms has found 155 firms now have blogs or lawyers blogging. That is 77 percent of the Am Law 200. It’s also a…

Bad News Gets Worse: 2011 Grads Face Tightening Job Market

According to the National Association for Law Placement, the overall employment rate for new law school graduates is the lowest it has been since 1994, when the rate was 84.7…

Reality Sinks in: Attitudes Have Changed About the Post-Recession Marketplace

Back in spring 2009, few law firm leaders told the first Altman Weil Law Firms in Transition Survey that they believed several law practice…

‘Entry’ Fee: Surprise–Inexperienced Associates Cost More

“Since the recession, in-house counsel have been increasingly reluctant to pay fees for entry-level associates,” The 2012 Real Rate Report notes. “General counsel often feel that they end up paying…

Merger Momentum: 2010 Turnaround Continues in Firms’ Urge to Merge

Continuing a rebound that began in the last quarter of 2010, announced law firm mergers and acquisitions totaled 14 for the first quarter of 2012, according to the Altman Weil…

A Meh Market: Surveys Reveal Slight Growth in Legal Revenues, Greater Growth in Expenses

Authors DiPietro and Rusanow ended the Citi Private Bank Law Watch quarterly flash survey on 2011 legal industry financial statistics with an upbeat “all said, not a bad year.” But…