Equity vs. Non-Equity Partnerships

    In two recent posts by members of Building a Better Legal Profession, we have explained non-equity current events, but it occurred to us that one key element that is often left out of writing on the topic is a simple explanation of what the equity/non...

    Realistic Expectations: Starting Salaries for New Attorneys

    Have the steadily increasing salaries at Biglaw put stars in your eyes? Just how many new attorneys will be bringing home the $160K bacon this year? Or more? Many people, law students included, have the impression that lawyers routinely start out at six...

    An Investigation of the Billable Hour

    In 2002, Justice Steven Breyer agreed with one practitioner that "the profession's obsession with billable hours is like drinking water from a fire hose, the result is that many lawyers are starting to drown." [1] The billable hour structure...

    Tough Interview Questions--and How to Answer Them

    We've all been there. You've prepared for the interview, reviewed your resume, and are looking good in your wrinkle-free suit. Then it happens-a question from out of left field (or even one you might have expected, but were dreading). How do you...

    Professionally, When Should a Woman Act More Like a Man (and Vice Versa?)

    Women have made great strides in the workplace over the last several decades, but continue encountering a glass ceiling when it comes to landing top positions. Demonstrating the right mix of behaviors at work is a delicate balancing act. Researchers from...

    BigLaw Interview Tips and Questions to Expect

    By Brian Dalton With on campus interviews winding down (except for Jones Day !) and call-backs in full swing, let's take a look at the much-mocked, widely dreaded BigLaw interview. Behavioral interviewing techniques are gaining popularity among...

    New Career, New Job Jitters? De-Stress Your First Day

    Does it Feel Like the First Day of School Again? Don't Worry, the Same Rules Apply By Tiffany Lewis, Director, Global Recruiting Operations, LexisNexis First, start with the basics.... Make sure you are prepared for day one. Where do you need...

    Career Planning: Taking Control of Your Fate

    If you entered law school with the goal of "doing something that matters,'' choosing a career serving the legal needs of individuals will provide you with opportunities to do that. By taking steps now, you can begin mapping out your career...

    Prepare Yourself for Practice Success

    My columns in this forum have argued that that law schools do little to prepare graduates for dealing with "The Business of Law®" (finance, practice management, client relations) that determines practice success. This puts the onus on new...

    What Area of Law Interests You Most?

    During your summer employment you may be exposed to several different practice areas. Are any of them especially appropriate for you? To help you decide, here’s a brief overview of five different practice areas: corporate, securities, patents, labor...

    The “Six-Bullet” Resume

    A Format for Composing an Effective Resume I suggest you draft what I refer to as a "six-bullet" resume. In response to my request, a client of mine edited his resume, eliminating obvious references to himself and gave me permission to post...

    Legal Writing Tips from the Top: Supreme Court Justices' Preferences and Pet Peeves

    Popular legal writing expert Bryan Garner gathered information from Supreme Court justices and put together a series of interviews as a guide. For example, Chief Justice John Roberts does not like to see "which" used where "that" is...

    Personal Strategic Planning for Associates and New Attorneys

    What, precisely, is that is going to make you special (or even more special) in the marketplace over the next few years? Would you like to develop a specialized expertise in a particular technical area, in certain types of transaction, in the problems...

    Time Management Tips for New Attorneys and Associates. You CAN Do it All!

    Follow this link to register TODAY on the Lexis Hub, your premier resource for free career advice and guidance! If you struggle with managing your day and making time for your work and personal life, we completely get it. Check out this system for...

    Mapping the Law Job Treasure Hunt

    Legal job searches are kind of like treasure hunts these days-you want the prize, and you've embarked on the expedition, but the gold is really hard to find. Maybe it's time to toss the treasure map and get creative with your job search. Sending...

    10 Simple Ways to Thank Your Clients

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy Thank you. It is one of the phrases we are taught as soon as we can speak. Amidst this year's...

    Sacrifices to Becoming a Partner in a Large Law Firm

    I seem to have it made as a 37-year-old lawyer: partner with a "Big Law" firm here in Pennsylvania, nice house in the suburbs with spouse and kids, recognized as a solid producer by senior management. I can probably run the table here until...

    I Failed the Bar Exam! Now What?!?

    Fantastic guest post today from Lee Faller Burgess of Amicus Tutoring about what to do if the unthinkable happens, and you fail the bar exam. I'll turn it over to Lee: You failed the bar exam. Now what? Almost anyone who has sat for the bar...

    Mind Your Manners, Pt. I

    Do you break out in a cold sweat just contemplating a lunch interview? Does the thought of attending a firm formal fill you with trepidation? How about the myriad dinners scheduled for summer associates? When I was a new associate, I had pretty much mastered...

    Market Power: Universities Can Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is

    In bad economic times, power shifts from suppliers to demanders. In the legal market, that means from lawyers seeking jobs to law firms, and from law firms seeking clients and work to clients. One important group of institutional clients that it's...

    12 Things I’d Do if I Were An Unemployed 3L

    With all the gloom and doom reporting out lately ( only half of graduating law students can expect jobs ! and so forth), I've been thinking about what someone who's graduating from law school in a couple of months without a job offer can do, right...

    Proving Your Worth: Compensation Negotiation Tips for New Law School Graduates

    Law school teaches students to be effective advocates for their clients, but few students are taught to be effective advocates for themselves. As you begin your job search, remember to advocate for your own benefit by negotiating for a higher compensation...

    Associate Salaries-Money vs. Quality of Life

    What’s more important to you – your salary or your social life? As income increases lead to rising billable hour requirements and less time for family, friends and fun, associates should take stock in what’s most important to them. ...

    Does Dress Really Affect Your Success?

    Do the partners at your firm wear business suits every day? Every day except Friday? Or just when they meet with clients? Not even then? A number of factors can come into play: East or West Coast, clients in banking vs. technology, partners with a more...

    What You Don't Learn in Law School CAN Hurt You

    The further associates advance in their legal careers, the more they typically see what their legal education lacked. Law school does not teach lawyers how to effectively interact with clients; law school does not teach lawyers how to efficiently manage...