Legal Career Development Plans™

Resources to help career development planning in your legal team

The Problem

Most lawyers spend more time planning a weekend away than they do planning their careers.

Related challenges include: 

  • career planning is a hugely overlooked feature of legal team operations
  • many career plans tend to be superficial “box ticking” exercise
  • fewer than 10% of in-house lawyers have an active career plan
  • lawyers are susceptible to corporate promises which are rarely realized
  • inherent lawyer workloads make it difficult to find time to plan your career
  • career planning is not a skill set taught at university
  • the growth and development needs of lawyer is not a typical priority in many workplaces
  • certain “old school” legal team leaders do not encourage team member advancement
  • the inability to gain insights as to how successful legal career plans are produced

Wouldn't it be great to if you could access a proven and practical career legal career planning resource to help you?

The GLS Solution

GLS IHL Career Development Plans™ is a comprehensive toolkit to help your legal team members develop a meaningful, practical and action oriented legal career development plan to help them reach their professional goals.

Instilling a career development program into your legal team is an excellent way to demonstrate that you value their career goals, job satisfaction, and livelihood, while at the same time ensuring a positive and supportive team culture.

Derived from GLS' work with thousands of in-house lawyers, this toolkit provides a detailed model framework for your career plan along with extensive guidance notes to help team members to efficiently produce meaningful career plans.

The toolkit helps your team members traverse a wide range of planning considerations including:

  • career mission/vision statements
  • defining essential career milestones
  • recognizing career options
  • short term versus long term goals
  • essential skills to be acquired
  • developing your career advancement network
  • capturing your experience - being what you sell
  • “New Law” skills that you must acquire
  • capturing genuine “value add" contributions
  • support you need from employer
  • metrics to judge success/progress
  • how to make the legal industry to work for you
  • common career planning pitfalls to avoid

For legal team leaders who wish to retain their talented team members - implementing and supporting legal team career development plans is not a “nice to have” - it is a must. 

And, for individual lawyers, as of 2022, you are operating in an environment of unprecedented change and opportunity - you literally can have whatever kind of career you wish  - but only if you have a plan.

Usefully, this solution offers a range of additional support option including: legal career development plan training sessions and mentoring services that provide your lawyers access to independent career support. 

So, if you are serious about your career/ your team members' careers, as most lawyers say they are, then this solution will help you put in place a plan to chart your success. 

Problem Solved. 

Solution Deliverables

Solution Features

GLS IHL Career Development Plans™a GLS module/tool kit to help you intuitively and efficiently develop a powerful plan for your legal career
Planning Your In-House Career  a 90 minute GLS premium training module - please see product details in the Knowhow Solutions Channel - delivered at the “Basic” Tier level. 
GLS Career Mentoring (1 to 1 initial consult)an initial 1 hour career consultation package with a GLS mentor to help review and work through your career development plan
GLS Ongoing Mentoring (1 yr package)a four hour package of 15 minute mentoring consults for you to use over the course of a year to bring accountability to the implementation of your career plan

Solution SLA Options and US$ Pricing

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GLS IHL Career Development Plans™
GLS Career Mentoring (1 to 1 initial consult)
GLS Legal Career Development Training 
GLS Ongoing Mentoring (1 yr package)
Price (excl. VAT)$299$799$2,999$4,999

Pricing Comparison

GLS offers your lawyers a complete career planning solution for just $299. What would your current legal service provider you for that amount? Well, see below.

Big Law ReviewUS RateGLS CostMinutes
Partner$850$2990h 21m
Senior Associate$640$2990h 28m
Blended Rate$520$2990h 34m
Associate$480$2990h 37m
Junior Associate$420$2990h 43m

GLS RPLV Legal Operations Score

This solution’s GLS RPLV impact score:

Resource Status: Specialist Repeater Formative
Ease of Implementation: Complex Average Easy
Value Demonstration/Visibility: Low Medium High
Productivity Leverage Profile: Low Medium High
IHL Line Optimisation: Single Multiple All Lines

IHL Critical Function Optimisation Targets

This solution enhances performance across the following critical in-house functions:

In-House Legal: Critical Functions / Processes

General Counsel

Human Capital



GLS has identified 15 critical in-house processes/functions that are present in every world-class legal department. To learn what these functions are, their composition and how they interrelate to deliver efficient legal team performance outcomes - visit here.



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