How to Write Job Descriptions for Your Firm

//How to Write Job Descriptions for Your Firm

Writing a compelling job description is a crucial step in landing top talent for your small law firm. Only a few well-chosen paragraphs ultimately stand between you and your first phone screen. Here are three tips and templates that will help set your firm apart so you can land your dream hire.

Outline Your Expectations: Candidates should go into the job interview with a realistic expectation of what their duties will be should they get the job they’re applying for.

Personalize Your Language: Candidates who are on the hunt often browse dozens if not hundreds of job postings each day. Personalize your job posting with a voice that is unique to your firm.

Keep it Short: Candidates sift through job postings in much the same way as you do resumes. Make sure your description is direct, short and to the point.

With these tips in mind, here are some common job descriptions that will get you started on your quest to bring more top talent to your firm:

Sample Attorney Listing:

Title: Growing Orlando Law Firm seeks Aspiring Attorney

We are currently seeking a Florida licensed attorney experienced in the area of Family Law for our growing legal practice.

If you are looking for an opportunity to grow with a law firm and are not afraid to take on and manage a medium caseload you should explore the possibility of working with us.

We are a business-minded law firm who invests in marketing, so sales experience is a plus. Training and support come standard. Your success as an associate in our firm is important to us and we are committed to helping you grow into your role.

Your daily responsibilities will include meeting with first time visitors, converting them into retained clients, and participating in the intake and case preparation process. We work as a team; while you may have support staff, we expect everyone to share the workload. You may have to answer a phone call, or reach out to a client in need. In our firm, there is no such thing as ‘That’s not my job!’

If you are ready to take your career by the reigns and join a firm that wants to expedite your professional growth, please respond with the requested items below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sample Receptionist/Office Support Staff

Title: Receptionist and Master Multitasker Needed in our Orlando Law Office

We are a growing law firm located in downtown Orlando. We are currently looking for a full-time receptionist, leader and master multi-tasker to join our growing team.

Your responsibilities will include taking great care of our clients and supporting your teammates as they schedule and attend appointments. New projects arise on a regular basis, so being able to juggle multiple tasks is a must.

If you enjoy helping people, being a critical member of a team, and aren’t afraid to take on new projects, we want to talk to you!

Sample Client Concierge/Marketing Listing:

Title: Seeking a Legally Minded Sales Professional

We are a growing law firm located in downtown Orlando seeking a Sales Professional that is interested in breaking into the legal field.

In this role, you will be responsible for driving business to the law firm and providing feedback on ways we can improve sales in the law office. You will be speaking to potential clients interested in bankruptcy and other areas of law in the initial stages of their relationship with us. We provide extensive training and ongoing coaching to support you as you grow into your new career.

If you have a background in business development or Sales and are ready to take on a new challenge, we can’t wait to speak to you.

First impressions matter when building your team. Make sure your job description doesn’t get lost in the shuffle!


By |January 25th, 2016|

About the Author:

For years, Josh has helped lawyers become more organized, productive, and profitable. A trained litigator, Josh came to Smokeball from a large east-coast law firm where his practice focused on franchise, insurance, marine, and general litigation. His work with Smokeball, and his continued passion for what he does each day, is driven by a desire to help lawyers and their staff do better in every way. Knowing well the stress and strain put on today’s legal professional, he regularly focuses on improving work and life in the law. He has traveled the country working with and learning from lawyers and their staff. Josh speaks regularly to bar associations about successful law firm practices and other legal topics. Recent notable engagements have been with the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Conference. In addition to his work at Smokeball, Josh serves on the Writing Resource Center staff at The John Marshall Law School. Besides legal technology, his research interests include judicial decision-making, jury decision-making and psychology, and legal writing. He has written and overseen research exploring causal effects of sex/gender on federal appellate court decision-making, and assisted with research for a forthcoming textbook on judicial decision-making. Additionally, Josh sits on the Board of Directors of Chicago-based Community Activism Law Alliance and on the Board of Directors of Chicago Fringe Opera Company. Josh holds his J.D., cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Wash. U. Law Review, held the prestigious Thompson Coburn Research Fellowship, served as Research Assistant to then-Vice-Dean (now Chancellor) Andrew D. Martin, and clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.M. in Music Performance with Honors Scholar distinction from the University of Connecticut, making him a Huskies basketball fan through and through. Follow Josh’s activity on LinkedIn, and keep up with new articles on the Smokeball Blog.