How to write a Lawyer job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Lawyer job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Lawyer job titles

    Senior Counsel
    Real Estate Attorney
    Personal Injury Lawyer

Lawyer job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Lawyer job summary

Our private law practice is seeking a Lawyer to help manage personal injury, worker’s compensation and family law cases. The Lawyer will be responsible for maintaining accurate case files, working with our paralegals to meet all court requirements for each case and serving as a reliable advocate for our growing list of clients. The successful candidate will have experience as a practicing family law attorney as well as a client-focused attitude.

Lawyer responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Lawyer responsibilities

    Prepare all documents required to file cases
    Work closely with staff to prepare a comprehensive brief on each case that goes to trial
    Maintain a regular schedule of hearings, court appearances and conferences based on case requirements
    Schedule and administer full depositions of case witnesses and experts
    Review discovery documents and determine the best course of action for each client in each case

Lawyer qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Lawyer skills

    JD required
    License to practice law from the Canadian Bar Association
    3+ years’ experience in family law or personal injury litigation
    Professional attitude with a strong sense of discretion
    Excellent interpersonal communication skills
    Strong organizational abilities
    Knowledge of MS Office suite

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