The job market for lawyers doesn’t look good, as Business Insider points out. Business Insider quotes both a Wall Street Journal Op Ed as well as statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in painting a dire picture for new law school grads. According to their article, around 44,000 new law school graduates will leave school and enter the workforce each year while only around 21,880 new legal jobs will be created and need to be filled.
For those who are involved in law practice management, this means you may have a lot of applications every time you try to fill a position. According to Business Insider, one law firm is taking advantage of the employer’s market to essentially make their applicants compete “hunger games” style to get a job in the firm.
A Creative Hiring Choice?
The Law Firm described in the Business Insider article placed an ad on Craigslist asking lawyers to bring their laptops and come for hiring days. Eligible candidates would be given projects to work on (for which they’d be paid $20 per hour) and those who didn’t make the cut by producing a good enough project would be eliminated.
At the end of the day, the best candidate would get the job and the $1,000 a week salary.
While the firm is certainly taking a creative approach to hiring, and will probably get a lot of takers in a tough job market, it remains to be seen whether this new hiring method will turn out to be effective law practice management. It also remains to be seen whether running a law firm like an episode of Celebrity Apprentice is really a wise choice.