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    Essay Writing for the Bar Exam

    During bar exam season there are myriad great resources for preparing for and taking the bar exam. My friends at Amicus Tutoring , among so many others, are sharing great information daily. When I sat for the bar in 2005, the one area that was under-emphasized...

    Is Starting Your Own Law Practice the Answer for Law Grads Still Looking for Work?

    For years after her law school graduation, my attorney worked with large and mid-size firms in New York City and Philadelphia. Finally, she recognized for various reasons the desire to leave "Big Law" and go off on her own. At the same time...

    Writing Style Preferences of Supreme Court Justices

    This week, Bryan Garner and Justice Scalia released a new book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. In honor of this release, before I read it, I thought I would share five of my personal favorite writing tips from Making Your Case: The Art...

    Underemployed and Still Looking for a Legal Job? Tips for Staying Motivated for an After-Hours Job Search

    It's not easy doing much of anything after work. Whether you're struggling to justify your gym membership, cook dinner that doesn't involve the microwave, or keep your bathroom reasonably clean, it can be hard to find the motivation after...

    How to be Content with Your Legal Career

    Today we're very excited to have Chelsea Callanan here to discuss how to position yourself for a legal career that's going to make you happy. Chelsea is one half of the fantastic Happy Go Legal , a website and coaching service designed to help...

    Law School: It was the Best of Decisions, it was the Worst of Decisions....

    The Wall Street Journal published some chilling statistics about how recent law grads are faring. According to the WSJ , only 55% of the class of 2011 had full-time, long-term jobs that required a law degree nine months after graduation. And only 8% of...

    Overcoming Stress in Your Legal Career

    High blood pressure is called a "silent killer," and one of its major causes is stress. Many lawyers tell me about the stress under which they labor. What I try to do as a coach is advise on improving the lawyer's operations, which often...

    Tech Picks Up Where Recession Left Off — Costing Legal Jobs

    The term "BigLaw," used to describe the top global law firms, has become part of our profession's language. And until very recently, these behemoths appeared to be unstoppable both in terms of their growth and the wealth that they generated...

    Speaking Boldly & Brilliantly

    Whether in one-on-one conversation, on camera, in client pitches, in a job interview, or in front of a live audience, our presence and presentation skills can say a lot about who we are. Every time you speak, you should be thinking about the impressions...

    A J.D. is not a Death Sentence

    Yes, law school graduates and new lawyers face a harsh reality in today's economy - get over it. I don't mean "get over it" as in let's ignore the reality. I mean "get over it" as in, you can't dwell only on the...

    Work-Life Balance: Finding Your Qi ("Chee")

    Health and wellness in China, as I understand after working with Chinese visiting attorneys over the course of the past few weeks, centers on Qi - loosely, life force or energy flow. A healthy Qi depends on work-life balance and avoiding depletion. In...

    Helpful vs. Unhelpful Advice for New Lawyers

    Someone, generally a young lawyer looking for advice, raises a totally reasonable and valid concern - say, for example, that law firms aren't particularly hospitable places to work - and gets this response: Suck it up. Stop whining. It's your...

    Wants vs. Needs: which one runs your life?

    Have you taken the time lately to analyze the various wants and needs in your business and life? They are very different and that difference happens to be everything when it comes to designing your lifestyle. Why? One concept: choice. You are born...

    Re-thinking and Embracing Change

    Last week, I heard a powerful speech by a woman whose father has Alzheimer's. Patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's suffer terribly, as do their loved ones. As a result of her father's diagnosis, this woman - the speaker - has made an interesting...

    On-Campus Interview Advice can Help You with any Law Job Interview

    There's been a lot of ink spilled about OCI, the on-campus interviewing process by which law firms hire summer associates. (You can find several such articles here: Summer Jobs 101 , in fact.) But let's get down to brass tacks. What's the...

    Business Casual, Outside Events and other "Dressing" Dilemmas

    Earlier this summer we teamed up with Shauna of Bryce Legal , and author of How to Get a Legal Job to share best practices on attire in the office as a summer associate . Today she helps us tackle the tough decisions to be made around what to wear to...

    Olympic Trials State of Mind

    In a former life I was a competitive gymnast. So, I was glued to the television to watch this generation of Olympic hopefuls compete for one of five spots on the 2012 Olympic team. Only the first place winner at the Olympic Trials is guaranteed a spot...

    Financial Stability, BigLaw, and You

    The recent shuttering of BigLaw firms Dewey & LeBoeuf and Howrey adds another layer of complexity for law students researching firms as they prepare for on-campus interview season. Financial stability may not be as high on your rank order of preferences...

    Understand Growth Strategy, Firm’s Use of Debt, and New Hire Numbers

    Law firms are in a fee for services business. Their collateral is limited to the lawyers they employ and the client relationships those lawyers have. If too many of those lawyers leave, firms breach their loan covenants, lose lines of credit from banks...

    Freelancing as an Attorney May Provide both Balance and a Boost to Your Legal Career

    Entrepreneurial attorney fills need for both attorneys seeking alternative work setting, and firms seeking a more nimble workforce. It turns out that I am not the only entrepreneurial attorney in the State of Maine, or even in my firm . When I was...

    Prepare Your "Elevator Pitch"

    With classes starting soon and interviewing looming for summer associate positions and clerkships, I figured this would be a good time to bring up a sensitive topic: the elevator pitch. Somehow, law students (and lawyers) have gotten the idea that...

    Think "Real"

    In an effort to help people realize their full potential as human beings, motivational speaker Tony Robbins hosts fire walking events at his conferences. At a recent conference, 21 people were treated for burns after walking across one of Robbins's...

    How to Craft a Resume when You've Always been a Student

    There are plenty of resume-writing tips out there for those of us with experience in our fields-using action verbs, formatting in an attractive and easy to read manner, highlighting only relevant employment. But how do you go about creating a resume that...

    Two Important Business Development Tips for New Lawyers

    In a similar vein to the old real estate adage, in legal marketing it's all about contact, contact, contact. Two important factors need to come into play in building any relationship are how often you are in contact (with clients, referral sources...

    How to Stay Sane During On Campus Interviews

    August is here, which can only mean one thing - the annual craziness of on-campus interviewing is about to begin! For the uninitiated, OCI is how most law firm summer associate positions are handed out. Students interview en masse before classes start...