Career Planning for Lawyers: Evaluating Experience and Skills

    Evaluating Your Current or Most Recent Work Experience is the second installment in this Career Planning Series. In part one we provided an overview of career planning considerations. Why not begin by evaluating your current or most recent work experience...

    Understanding Career Planning

    The Career Search is the first installment of our multi-part career planning series. In future segments we will discuss such considerations as evaluating yout interests, narrowing your options, choosing the setting, selecting your area of practice interest...

    Office Etiquette for New Attorneys

    Do not wear headphones in your office. Ever. Period. Let me explain. I. The Generational Gap In every legal practice, there is a distinct age and generational gap between the oldest and youngest attorneys in the office. As a rule, it is the responsibility...

    Looking for Work? 7 Tips for a Remarkable Résumé

    It's no secret that the legal job market is tough these days. If you're going to stand out, you need a fantastic résumé. Here are some tips: 1) Make a great first impression. How long do you think the average hiring manager...

    Re-evaluating a Legal Career

    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...

    So You Want to Become a Trial Lawyer.....

    I learned very early in my career - while I was in law school clerking for Bill Wheatley at Jaqua & Wheatley - one of the best and critical qualities of a civil litigator is being a confident and skilled trial lawyer. It is not only that a confident...

    Thank You for the Interview

    You’ve just slam dunked your interview for that coveted associate position at a prestigious firm, having done everything to present yourself as perfectly as possible. Your resume is impeccable, you’ve practiced for your interview, and your...

    Alternative Careers for Lawyers

    With the current economic downturn and the grim hiring market overall, what options are available to lawyers and graduating law students? Whether you are disappointed that you won’t be making a great deal of money, haven’t found a job...

    New Associate vs. Contract Attorney: Firms Weigh the Options

    When the economy takes a plunge, staff and contract attorneys are naturally the first groups to be out of a job, [1] especially since non-associate attorney layoffs generally slip under the media radar. And even when reported by the omnipresent legal...

    Partnership Shell Game

    After two years of advocacy by various organizations, the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) agreed last November to collect data on law firm partnership structures. Instead of just providing a partner headcount, firms would disclose the number...

    Career Planning: Find Your Area of Practice Preference

    Finding your preferred area of legal practice is part of our ongoing career planning series. Previous installments have featured an evaluation of your career goals, overview of career planning considerations, and choosing the proper setting. My...

    Career Planning: Narrowing Your Options by Choosing a Setting

    Choosing a Setting is part of our ongoing series, Career Planning for Lawyers. Previous segments provided an overview of career planning considerations, and ways to evaluate your career goals. Much of what has been written emphasizes that you need...

    Career Planning: The Interview

    You received a call and now have an appointment to talk about the opening. If you were looking for positions not publicly advertised, it is likely that potential employers will not have drawers filled with resumes. The fact that the person doing the hiring...

    Universities as Legal Clients: What Can They Do?

    In Building a Better Legal Profession's recent post, "Universities Can Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is," we talked about the fact that universities, big buyers of legal services, have lots of institutional reasons to think about...

    Legal Processing Outsourcing – Do You Need It? – Do You Want It?

    One of the latest trends in the legal practice is outsourcing some of the work to outside firms and overseas companies. With legal fees at most firms ranging from $300 to $1,000 per hour, clients seeking to reduce costs may welcome the use of personnel...

    Knock! Knock! Who's There Behind That Office Door?

    Your future. It’s out there … somewhere. All you need is the right organization, the right door and the right person impressed enough with you to open it. Now, chances are, opportunity won’t come calling. You’ll be the one...

    5 Questions to Ask Before Your Job Interview

    Questions aren't just for the interview . While your preparation for your job interview should certainly include your own list of questions -about the company, the position, the culture, or any other topic that will help you decide if the job is a...

    Professor Bowman on Interviewing Techniques

    Professor Greg W. Bowman gave a talk at Mississippi College School of Law on interviewing techniques. The video is available online here at the Mississippi School of Law website. According to Professor Bowman’s blog, he has used these techniques...

    Making Your Work Hours Fit Your Lifestyle

    You like to rise with the roosters rather than burn the midnight oil. Is this acceptable? What if everyone else works late? Will this affect your career? Not everyone lives – or works – on the same schedule. Gone are the days of 9-to-5...

    Outsourcing of Legal Work-How Serious Is It?

    The practice of law would seem to be one of the few areas that is safe from the outsourcing trends that have had such a profound affect on American business. That’s no longer the case. According to the New York Law Journal : “Outsourcing...

    Resume Perfection: Five Things that could be Wrong with Your Resume

    If you are about to graduate law school or if you are considering leaving your firm for another, you will no doubt want to work on your resume. Many questions come to mind--should it be one page or two? How much detail should I capture? What skills should...

    Bridging the Generational Divide

    Cultural translator and generational expert Lynne C. Lancaster has written an interesting article on generation gaps in law firms and how firms can actively manage expectations in ways that can bridge those gaps. After anecdotally identifying some of...

    CW on Splitting the Summer

    Summer is winding down, so that means that if you are a “splitter,” you’re settling in at your second firm. What’s conventional wisdom on the practice? Lynne Traverse, a recruiting and professional development manager at Bryan...

    Mentor Relationship. . . All Important

    The concept of the Mentor has been around for a long time. (An upscale magazine by that title was published in the United States a century ago.) Just what is a mentor, as that term has come to be understood, and what part can a mentor relationship play...

    A New Look at Your J.D.-Aligning Your Career with Your Passions

    You’re living your dream—you secured your law degree, passed the bar and are now working at a prestigious law firm. That’s a tremendous accomplishment. However, if the demands of the billable-hour environment have dampened your enthusiasm...