Our professors taught us a lot in those 4+ years in law school. More than we would like to admit. From dead snails (Donoghue VS Stevenson) to bifurcation (I’m still not sure what that means), law school was a jolly good time (Kidding). When we enter the professional world, it may be greeted with a shock or two. Our lawyers here at Golo Legal have put together ‘Things They Didn’t Teach You In Law School’. Enjoy:
1. Technology For Your Law Firm And The Importance Of It
Too often, the legal industry and technology never mix. This has been changing slowly but we point the finger at law schools for not teaching us how to be a lawyer AND be efficient with technology at the same time (because everything is law school’s fault, am I right?!). Seriously though, practice management platforms and apps for lawyers have totally changed our lives. We are now more efficient at work and we can actually have a life. Check out Clio, LawPay, Freshbooks and Grasshopper. Trust us, your life will be changed.
2. How To Market Your Law Firm
Let’s be real – lawyers are not marketers. We don’t know what SEO, SEM, Keywords, or any of this mumbo jumble means. I hate to break it to you though, marketing is one of the best things you can do for your law firm. I highly recommend researching to your hearts content or getting with an agency. Have you heard of the ‘Google SEO Tutorial for Beginners in 2016′? This is a great place to start.
3. Human Resources
I don’t know about you, but many years of law school meant that I missed out on the college parties, the extracurricular activities and the part where I learnt how to socialize. Just kidding, but in reality – I have no idea what needs to be done with employees at a law firm. When you start your own law firm, you wear the hat of CEO, HR Manager, IT guy, Marketing Guru and Accountant. Law school certainly did not teach us how to be a responsible HR manager and I would quickly be searching HR for dummies.
4. How To Run A Law Firm
This seems fairly self explanatory – law school should have taught us not only how to practice law and be a great lawyer, but how to successfully start and run a law firm. It will probably be the most advantageous and valuable lesson we will ever learn – take note law schools!
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