FLEX HIRING PROCESS
When the right engagement for you comes along, we’ll make sure the FLEX client is aware of any transition time that you need so you can give notice to your current employer once the FLEX client has made the decision to move forward.
That being said, there are some client needs that are immediate, so if you aren’t available immediately, you might not be considered for those engagements.
However, since many FLEX clients are also Fenwick clients, you can expect that you’ll get to know and, possibly work closely with, the Fenwick team.
After passing the test, you’ll meet the internal team and we’ll answer any remaining questions you have. Then we’ll check your references and bar membership, and run a background and conflicts check. Once all that is successfully completed, we’ll officially invite you to join our bench.
Take a look at our Apply Now page for more information on the skill-sets we’re currently looking for – but even if yours isn’t listed, we encourage you to start the conversation anyway. We’re always looking for excellent attorneys, and we may have a client need that matches your background perfectly.
FLEX ENGAGEMENT MECHANICS
We’ll contact you to see if you’re interested in the engagement. If you’d like to be considered, we’ll submit you to the client. If the client likes your background, you’ll meet with them and you’ll both make a decision about whether to move forward.
We’ll contact you frequently throughout the course of the engagement to make sure it’s as successful as possible.
FLEX attorneys who are flexible (pun intended!) are generally engaged as much as they want to be, and tend to get started pretty quickly. While FLEX attorneys can be as particular as they want, the more limiting your work parameters (i.e. around location, your availability, type of industry, etc.), the more limited your opportunities will likely be (and the longer it may take you to get engaged).
This benefits you in several ways:
- Because Fenwick & West has a great roster of exciting, fast-growing companies, FLEX tends to have more opportunities to work with both smaller, earlier stage growth-company clients, as well as larger, game-changers who are pushing to bring the next innovation to the world.
- Our team of lawyer-trained staff is better equipped to understand your legal skills and to appropriately match them with client needs than the typical staffing agency “sales” person or recruiter.
- You get the benefit of the association with Fenwick’s quality brand.
- You’ll be able to access Fenwick-created forms and knowledge management databases.
- You’ll be able to reach back into the law firm, if needed, to get additional support or deeper expertise beyond your own skills and expertise.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
While you’re on an assignment, you’ll automatically be covered by our malpractice insurance, be able to access continuing legal education seminars through PLI and Fenwick, and save towards your retirement by participating in our 401K plan. We also have medical/dental/vision insurance group plans that you can participate in if you’re working with us at least half-time.
Once you start an assignment, you earn a pro-rata portion of your annualized salary during the time you’re on the assignment. We know… you became a lawyer to avoid doing math. Unfortunately, some math is required…)
So, for instance, if you are working for 6 months, full-time, you’d earn half your annualized salary. If you work 3 days per week, you earn 3/5 of your weekly salary for every week that you’re on an assignment.
WORKING WITH FLEX CLIENTS
If you’re honored but don’t want to accept, we’ll work out a plan together, run the appropriate interference with the client, and find other FLEX opportunities for you.
Once you start an assignment, we’ll show you how to log in to our portal where you’ll enter the total number of hours you worked on a weekly basis. No need to memorize client numbers or enter long descriptions of your tasks!
Typically, you’ll spend some time onsite initially to get to know the client. After the first few weeks, if you’re on an engagement with a small time commitment (such as 20 hours per month), you’ll likely work remotely most of the time.
If you’re working several days per week or full-time, you’ll mostly likely be working onsite at least a portion of the time. If working remotely is important to you, let us know so we can prioritize finding assignments that match your preference.