Willis Law is dedicated to excellence in client service and we focus on providing exceptional results for our clients. As such, we are always looking for exceptional people that are committed to our same standards of excellence to join our growing team. It is this same dedication to excellence that has positioned Willis Law as one of the premier law firms in Michigan.
Though we expect nothing but the best from our staff, we provide nothing but the best in return. Since 2010, Willis Law has been named one of West Michigan's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. In 2016, our firm was also one of the Nation's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For.
Our attorneys and support staff are required to give back to their local community through the charities and boards they serve on. Willis Law encourages each attorney to tithe at least 10% of their time to Pro Bono efforts in support of our community commitment, including volunteering at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission Pro Bono Legal Services Clinic. Additionally, we maintain a positive work environment that fosters a healthy work-life balance, with top tier benefits packages.
Our attorneys and staff are committed to the Willis Law Core Values, and it's these values that set our firm apart. We maintain high standards of integrity and excellence by focusing on these foundational principles and keeping them at the core of everything we do.
Willis Law Core Values
We put our money where our mouth is – each of our employees, from top to bottom, are rated by all other employees on how they are meeting core values – bonuses are paid each year based on the results.
- SERVICE TO OTHERS - Demonstrates caring and consideration for others, putting other's needs or desires ahead of oneself; treats others the way they appreciate being treated.
- INTEGRITY/HONESTY/ACCOUNTABILITY - Adheres to a code of moral and ethical standards, is truthful in all things, and takes responsibility for actions.
- EXCELLENCE - Results and behavior represent the standard to which others should strive.
- DEPENDABILITY - Is dependable, adheres to scheduled work hours, is considerate of work needs in planning time off, consistently follows office policies and procedures, and exemplifies good work ethics.
- PROFESSIONALISM - Demonstrates a professional attitude, appearance and approach, seeks personal and professional improvement, and initiates opportunities to improve contribution to the Firm.
- EMPATHY/KINDNESS - Actively participates or engages in another's feelings or ideas.
- COMMITMENT/DEDICATION/LOYALTY - Demonstrates an allegiance and faithfulness with a determination toward a common goal of attaining excellence in service; actively promotes the firm and its values.
Our team is our greatest resource - that's why we make a significant investment into their personal and professional development.
Our law office would not be as effective and precise as it is today without the help of our trusted team of paralegals and assistants. If you think you have what it takes to go above and beyond for both our clients and our law firm, we encourage you to send a cover letter along with your resume and references to email@example.com.
We are continually looking for candidates possessing the values described above. We invite you to submit a cover letter describing your thoughts on our core values and how they apply to a career path with Willis Law, along with your resume and references, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer fall, spring and summer externships to students that have completed, at a minimum, one year of law school. Because of the high demand of law school students that apply to our program, our externships are unpaid. We provide our externs with the ability to gain hands-on experience in a premier law firm in Michigan. Our externs are highly involved in the firm; they are assigned cases, attend trial, meet with clients, attend depositions, prep cases for trail, draft court pleadings, draft motions, accompany our attorneys to court and trial, sit second chair in trials when the judge allows, and more. Here's what one of our externs had to say about his experience:
"I worked as an extern at Willis Law over the summer of 2014. My time at Willis greatly benefited the advancement of my legal career by giving me unique experiences far beyond what most of my fellow law students received in their first-year externships. Not only was I given meaningful assignments in a wide spectrum of practice areas, but I was assigned several pro-bono clients to manage and even had the opportunity to take my first case to trial. Whether I needed help from a founding partner, associate, or any of the excellent assistants and staff members, everyone at Willis was extremely helpful and always made time to mentor me. I am very thankful for the opportunity I had to spend my summer with such a professional and friendly firm."
If you are interested in applying for an externship, please send your resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample to Mariko Willis, at email@example.com. In your cover letter, please describe which core value resonates with you and why.
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