Think of Creating a Portfolio Career in Law

Bernadette Mcdonald

If you love the law but are feeling that it doesn’t fit you anymore, it may be time for you to consider a Portfolio Career. This is a career with various contacts and commissions (or portfolio’s) and which are tailored to fit your experiences, talents and opportunities. Having a diverse career does require some specific non-legal skills:

Mastering the Art of Juggling:

Embrace the diverse challenges that come with managing various legal roles. Whether you’re handling litigation, providing corporate counsel, or offering legal consultancy, each role contributes to your growth and expertise.

Coffee, Contracts, and Creativity:

A portfolio lawyer doesn’t just stick to legal jargon; they infuse creativity into their work. From negotiating contracts to solving legal puzzles, your portfolio career allows you to explore different facets of the law.

Networking on Multiple Fronts:

Connect with professionals across various legal domains. Your portfolio career opens doors to networking opportunities that can lead to unexpected collaborations and enriching experiences.

Adapting to Change:

A portfolio lawyer is adept at adapting to different legal landscapes. Whether it’s a courtroom, a boardroom, or a virtual meeting, your ability to seamlessly transition between roles sets you apart.

Building a Personal Brand:

Develop a personal brand that reflects your diverse skill set. Your portfolio career is a canvas, and each role contributes to the masterpiece that is your professional identity.

Continuous Learning and Skill Enhancement:

Stay on top of legal trends and innovations in each area of your practice. A portfolio career encourages ongoing learning, ensuring that you are always equipped with the latest legal knowledge.

Balancing Act – Life and Law:

Striking a balance between work and personal life is crucial. A portfolio career allows you the flexibility to manage your schedule, promoting a healthier work-life integration.

Navigating the Gig Economy:

Embrace the gig economy by taking on freelance legal projects. This not only diversifies your income streams but also offers the opportunity to work on unique and interesting cases.

Mentorship and Giving Back:

Leverage your experience to mentor aspiring legal professionals. Sharing your knowledge across different legal realms contributes to the growth of the legal community as a whole.

Staying Resilient Through Diversity:

The legal field can be unpredictable, but a portfolio lawyer thrives on diversity. Each role presents its own set of challenges, and your ability to navigate through them showcases your resilience.

These 10 skills themselves add value to your offering.

Are you thinking of designing your own legal portfolio and are not sure how or where to start, why not book an exploratory session with me


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