Legal Organizations Should SWOT their Talent

October is planning season in most organizations and there is no better tool for planning than a truly objective SWOT analysis of your legal organization. A SWOT analysis is a simple, yet highly effective, strategic tool to evaluate your organization. For your legal organization, you will evaluate the Strengths, the Weaknesses, the Opportunities, and the Threats. Completing this analysis helps you set your strategic plan (and budget priorities) for the coming year. It also helps get the leadership team aligned on what are the Strengths, the Weaknesses, the Opportunities, and the Threats.

Below is an example of how to conduct a SWOT. You can find a more user-friendly SWOT Tool in our Nimble HR Maturity Assessment Guide along with more strategic guidance.


Organization Internal Strengths

  • Why do your clients keep coming back to you?

  • Why do your employees stay?


Organization Internal Weaknesses

  • What could you improve to serve your clients better?

  • What could you do to improve employee retention?


Opportunities in the External Environment

  • What’s going on in the world that could help grow/improve your organization?


Threats in the External Environment

  • What’s going on in the world that could put your organization at risk?

FOR LAW FIRMS: For law firms of a certain size, you can do a SWOT analysis for your law firm as a whole AND for each practice group (and office) along with the back office support.

FOR LAW DEPARTMENTS: For law departments, you can do a SWOT analysis for your law department as a whole and for each practice group and location.