When Laurence Tribe recently decided to take an ongoing consulting gig with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, he saw it as a way to consolidate his work life, which he said was “pulled in a thousand different directions.”

Writing two books, teaching full time and juggling numerous pro bono projects, the Harvard Law School professor wanted the resources that a big law firm could provide and the consistency of working with the same players on key projects.