Written by Mackenzie Saunders:
My experience working with this firm over the past 10 months has been incredibly informative. I took an Internship with The Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm in Summer 2019 because I was looking for more legal experience before I started law school in a few years. I was unsure whether I wanted to pursue a legal career at a big law firm or a small law firm someday, and I hoped gaining experience with “small law” would help me decide.
Little did I know that working with The Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm would change my thoughts on small law firms forever.
I had always been leaning towards a career in a big law firm environment because I love working with lots of people, and I love collaboration. But above all, I love truly caring for clients, and I love fighting for justice. Working with The Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm has taught me that there’s no better place to do that than at a small law firm.
I’ve learned that it’s so much easier to truly care about clients at a small law firm, because small law firms have way more capability when it comes to personally investing their time and resources into their clients. Lawyers at big law firms often have countless cases at once, and they tend to delegate a lot of their tasks to Paralegals and Legal Aides. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing bad about Paralegals and Legal Aides (I’m a Paralegal myself), but delegating many of these tasks minimizes the lawyer’s chances of becoming truly invested in the case. Not personally spending the time and effort on a case makes it hard to truly care about the client. Delegating tasks may also diminish the quality of the legal work; after all, lawyers know much more about the legal process compared to Paralegals and Legal Aides. But, at small firms, lawyers have a way smaller caseload, making it easier to spend more time and effort themselves on individual cases. At small law firms, lawyers can interact with their clients one-on-one more often, and small firm lawyers tend to do most of the legal work themselves, which makes them more invested in their cases and ultimately increases the quality of their work.
Simply put: small firm lawyers are more likely, and more capable, to be personally invested in their cases and clients. And who doesn’t want their legal team to be fully invested in their case? Overall, small firms are more likely to care about their clients and interact with them personally and consistently, making for a great client experience.
If you’re looking for a lawyer, look to a small firm. Small firm lawyers will personally invest their time into your case, and they will truly care about you and your future. This applies to all small law firms, but especially to The Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm — I have never seen such dedication and passion from any legal professional as I have with Kelley. Kelley is brilliant, and she puts her full self into every single case she takes on. It’s truly amazing how selfless of a lawyer Kelley is when it comes to her clients. The world is so lucky to have a lawyer who is ready to care and fight for her clients at all costs.
I know now that I want to work at a smaller law firm when I graduate from law school, and I have The Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm to thank. My time at The Spinal Cord Injury Law Firm has taught me a valuable lesson that I will take with me through my legal career: small law firms are the way to go.