As I’ve got to know the legal profession, one thing that’s stuck is how sociable it is. Yes, many lawyers work incredibly long hours – but they also spend a great deal of their free time networking with each other. For every type of lawyer, at every stage of their career, there’s almost certainly a specialist legal association, just for them.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to meet with Christoph Raudonat, executive director of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). For those of you who haven’t heard of AIJA, it’s a global association for young lawyers up to the age of 45. AIJA is an interesting organisation, with an active programme of educational events – and also a lively social scene. Just don’t confuse them with the IBA’s young lawyers division – both associations work together on many occasions, but they are separate entities.
Speaking to Christoph, I learned that, partly due to Europe’s ongoing recession, many young lawyers have had it fairly tough in the past few years. Many young lawyers have been made redundant, and some have had to leave the legal profession entirely to find new work. But there have also been some positive developments that young lawyers in particular have latched onto – such as their ability to use technology to work more efficiently and flexibly, and their ability to network with each other in imaginative new ways.
In the latest ‘Legal Luminaries’ interview Christoph explains how AIJA supports young lawyers across the globe. To watch the interview, click the image below.