Hiring a Legal Administrator
The majority of lawyers had no intention of running a business when they
decided to go to law school. But for most of them, especially managing
partners and those in small and mid-sized firms, that’s exactly what they
are doing – running a business.
Law firms are profitable when they deliver quality legal services to their
clients in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner. In order to do so,
each person within the firm contributes to the client service process in ways
that best utilize their skills and abilities. For lawyers, this means doing what
they’re educated and trained to do: practice law.
The legal administrator contributes to client service and the firm’s bottom
line by managing the business operations of the practice. Successful legal
administrators create processes and procedures that are needed for the firm to
operate at peak efficiency – and its highest level of profitability. They bring
professional management techniques to the professional practice of law.
When lawyers are spending time on administrative issues rather than practicing
law, billable hours are lost … and that means it’s time to hire a legal
administrator! Law firms that employ a legal administrator will find their lawyers
are no longer mired in the day-to-day details of managing a firm and instead can
fully focus on their legal duties.
This brochure outlines how a firm can evaluate its need for a legal administrator,
establish qualification guidelines, locate candidates, develop an employment package
and define the legal administrator’s responsibilities.
Evaluate Your Firm's Needs
The Candidate Search Process
Defining the Role of the Administrator
Sample Job Description for a Legal Administrator