‘Culture’ describes the values, philosophy, shared objectives, and interactions—internal and external– of its members. Corporate culture, at its best, aligns the interests of the enterprise with customers and imbues workers with a collective mindset. That is crucial to brand building and market differentiation. Legal culture is something quite different.
Legal Culture Is All About Lawyers
Legal culture was forged by white, middle-aged lawyers for their peer group. Law’s ethos is insular and its composition is homogeneous. That is manifest pre- and post-licensure. Legal culture is rigid, hierarchical, pedigree-centric, internally-focused, cautious, reactive, and rewards input, not output. It relies on self-regulation to preserve the status quo and to guard against outside competition. [Read more…]