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    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...

    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...

    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...

    Top 10 Laws of Leadership

    New lawyers take note, although these rules apply to attorneys throughout your legal career. As part of the annual MCCA (Minority Corporate Counsel Association) " Creating Pathways to Diversity " conference, the authors of The Little Black...

    Career Planning: Getting Involved

    Getting Involved The approach you have taken is to decide first on the field you want to be in. Now you should get involved. Let's say you have decided that your goal is to provide legal services to reduce the dangers to society arising from damage...

    A Time for Giving: Take on a Meaningful Pro Bono Project

    As lawyers, one of the best ways to give back is through pro bono work. And in taking on meaningful pro bono projects, you may find that you are doing some of the most significant work of your life. (My friend Bill Colby comes to mind. Early in his...

    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...

    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...

    Do’s, Don’ts, Fashion Faux Pas and Office Etiquette for Summer Associates

    Sometimes what appears to be obvious to seasoned attorneys and professionals with many years of experience may not be as clear to those entering the profession. Take for example these tales of summer associate blunders noted in Above the Law 's Collection...

    More Thoughts About How Lawyers Should be Trained

    Regular readers may recall my strong belief that young lawyers do not learn in law school the fundamentals of what they need to know to practice law. In contrast to doctors, who put in years of residency, hospital and clinic work and other apprenticeships...

    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...

    A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide to Creating and Implementing a Personal Business Plan

    You're bright, talented with big ambitions for the future. Perhaps you want to make partner or start your own IP boutique. Or, maybe you see yourself leading the legal team of a global technology company. Whatever your dream— modest or bold—you'll...

    Is There a Silver Lining to Delayed Start Dates?

    By now you’ve probably heard about the delayed start dates at some of the biggest U.S. firms. Could it be a harbinger of better days ahead? According to an article on Above the Law, short term pain could mean long term gain for associates . Following...

    Continuing Legal Education

    State Requirements Thirty-four states now require that attorneys take continuing legal education (CLE) courses in order to retain their license to practice law. Attorneys in these states are required, on average, to complete from 12 to 15 credit...

    Six Tips for a Leaner, Meaner Resume

    In today's social media age, you'd be better off taking resume cues from your Linked In page than your parents. Electronic submission and a tough economy means lots of resumes for HR people to sort through, and very little time and attention...

    Gas at $4.00 Per Gallon – How to Cope

    You just graduated law school or opened the door to your new law firm. The price of getting back and forth to the office may be higher than what you may earn in those first few weeks, or months. How do you cope? The Law School Graduate Passing...

    Ways to Stand Out at Your Firm

    Although you probably aren’t the only smart, talented, hard-working summer associate at your firm—and hiring trends have moderated—you can take steps to stand out and maximize your chances of securing an offer. Firms recommend that you...

    Tips to Take Back to Law School

    How much have you learned during the summer? You likely developed techniques for: Drafting specific kinds of documents Working with a variety of attorneys, adapting to their styles and meeting their requirements Juggling firm social...

    The On-Campus Interview: Get In, Get Out, Get Called Back

    For many law students across the country, 'tis the season-not of summer Fridays and beach trips, but of the on-campus interview program. OCI, as it is called at many schools, provides students the opportunity to interview for summer associate positions...

    Five Important Tips for New Associates and Law Clerks

    After having shown a number of new clerks the ropes, (I've been clerking at the same firm throughout law school) I thought I'd list a few basic mistakes to avoid of which I think every new associate or clerk should be aware. I include associate...

    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...

    Standout Resume and Interviewing Skills for New Attorneys

    Forget what you thought you knew about the job search. Resume writing and interviewing has taken on a dramatic new importance in today’s economic meltdown. The pressure of creating the ideal documents and presentation is considerable, especially...

    The Change from Law Student to Lawyer

    The transition from law student to lawyer can be tricky. There are unwritten rules that no one tells you. The old rule of thumb was “don’t burn down the firm and you’ll get an offer/get work/keep your job. Times have changed and firms...