The legal sector is a very competitive one. Although all legal roles are going to be tough and stressful, it’s important to stay away from a toxic law firm culture. Working in an environment that makes you feel undervalued, overworked or bullied, would be called toxic
Finding a new role at a legal firm with a culture that suits you is not always as simple as it sounds. With this in mind, here are our thoughts on how to escape a toxic law firm culture for good.
Recognize the Signs
Some red flags include:
- Being overloaded with case work
- Working in an under resourced department
- Lack of appreciation for niche expertise
- Unreasonably slow career progression
Plan For Change
Formulate a clear idea of what you want from your career and what you are motivated by, as this will prove extremely useful when you start looking for a new position. Consider a job that provides the opportunity for rapid career progression, works on higher-profile, more exciting cases, provides a better work-life balance, with less stressful case workloads, is working in new areas of law that suit your skills, and gives you the support and autonomy to manage your workload in a way that suits you.
Understand the Market
To help you find a law firm that seems right for you it’s important to know your options. Networking, job hunting online, talking to an expert or a recruiter are all great ways to research the market.
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