The Emerged Law Practice

The Emerged Law Practice

August 2016

As one senior partner within a law firm asked, “Are we hurting our recruitment and retention efforts by maintaining the status quo of our workplace?” Law firms today are in key battles for top talent coupled with a quest for business practices to keep firms flexible. Within the legal profession, strong demands on the workplace include attracting and retaining top talent and allowing for the ebb and flow of the practice workforce, while providing support for a full spectrum of work that ranges from individual contributor to team collaboration. These demands place renewed requirements on the three main elements that must be in balance for law firms to prosper: people, process and place. However, as these elements are increasingly impacted by business, social, and demographic shifts, law firms must better understand how that movement influences effective workplace planning.

Keywords: law offices, demographics, contract attorneys, workstyles

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