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Tougher Law Firm Interviews Lead to Happier Associates

Here's a fact that's sure to leave some partners smiling: tougher interviews lead to overall happier employees, according to job site Glassdoor.

Although this may not be the most welcome news for grads, studies seem to support this tough approach.

Where to Find Legal Interns

If you're not using interns, you're missing out. Sure, interns provide work -- often cheap (but not free) work. But more importantly, they can bring fresh perspectives and energy to your practice. Working with interns is an easy way to mentor a new generation of lawyers and give back to the legal community. Plus, the really good ones might even join you after they graduate.

Here's where you can find them.

What to Look for When Hiring a Legal Assistant

Finding the right legal assistant for your law firm may not be as easy as you think. The position of legal assistant or paralegal may attract job-seekers with any combination of skills and professional competencies. When hiring for the position, what do you look for?

For all the attention and effort spent interviewing new candidates for employment, firms often overlook the exit interview. This is a mistake. Exit interviews offer attorneys and support staff the chance to discuss their experiences more candidly and allows the firm to assess what areas it might need to improve in.

If you're not regularly conducting exit interviews, it's time to start. If you're already doing them, now's the time to improve. Here's how.

How Big Data May Change Law Firm Hiring Practices

Everybody knows that lawyers are real sticklers for tradition. We like musty law books. We like burnt-umber colored desks. We like Latin. And we also like hiring only 90th percentile students from the T14.

But that's changing, at least according to the opinion of Phil Weiser writing for the ABA Journal. With the help of big data insights about new hires, more holistic means are being employed by law firms when selecting their lucky associates. Now, you might have someone who went to the University of the Middle of Nowhere working alongside a Harvard Law grad. Imagine that.

You don't want to be Scrooge this holiday season, but it might be a bit too late to order a Christmas turkey for everyone in the office. Do you default to a Starbucks gift card or an envelope of cash? No way!

There's still plenty of time to get an affordable, last-minute holiday gift for your staff. Here are our top seven recommendations.

Job Applicants Can Sue Under ADEA

In what is potentially a landmark ruling in employment law, the Eleventh Circuit just ruled that a 49-year-old job applicant may use a disparate impact theory to sue R.J. Reynolds Tobacco for age discrimination.

The ruling is a headache-inducing case within the circuit because it potentially expands ADEA's purview to include individuals not clearly spelled out in the Act's language.

When an employee quits, it's not just a worker walking out the door, its years of training and investment. Hiring replacement employees is expensive and time consuming, requiring you to invest resources in job search and training -- resources that could be better spent on the firms' practice.

Retention is key. With that in mind, here are some of the top reasons law firms suffer from high employee turnover and how you can prevent them.

If you are a lesbian, gay, bi, or transgendered worker, outing yourself in the office can be risky, even today. Employment discrimination based on sexual orientation is banned in only 21 states and the District of Columbia; protections against gender identity discrimination are even rarer. There are huge swaths of the country where LGBT employees can be freely fired for no other reason than their sexuality or gender identity.

But the legal industry across the country continues to be one of the most LGBT-inclusive industries in the nation. The nation's law firms "set the standard for LGBT workplace inclusion," according to a recent report by the Human Rights Campaign. So give yourself a pat on the back, lawyers. You're not as bad as everyone says, after all.

Given the increases in electronic storage and data archiving, eDiscovery has exploded in recent years. That explosion has helped fuel a growing industry of legal support professionals, from attorneys to IT workers to project managers, who manage you eDiscovery needs.

But, of course, not all litigation support specialists are equal. Here are some tips to help you out in your search for the perfect match for your firm.