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    Future of the Legal Industry: Insights from Indiana University Law Professor William Henderson

    On alternative billing practices, how law students are dealing with the stress of the current economy and focusing legal education on skill building. Indiana University Professor of Law William Henderson’s comments following the Future of the...

    Inside Baseball and Orwell’s 6 Rules for Clear Writing

    " Inside baseball " refers to using jargon, specialized knowledge, acronyms, first names instead of full names, or other such things when speaking and writing. Using shorthand of this sort is simply more efficient when among friends, colleagues...

    How Do You Learn to Be a Lawyer?

    Until our modern era, most lawyers learned their profession by apprenticing themselves to practicing lawyers, learning from them by watching and doing. Today doctors still train that way. They put in years of residency as part of their training. They...

    Resources for Unemployed Attorneys

    Multiple resources exist to assist unemployed members of the bar. Here are a few to get you started on your quest for dealing with current realities and landing a new position: American Bar Association State Bar of Georgia New York State Bar Association...

    How Makeup can Boost Your Career Credibility

    Career women-if you want to be taken more seriously on the job or in interviews, a Harvard study suggests wearing makeup. The value of being attractive and looking good has never been questioned, but now research shows it is also linked to credibility...

    Landing a Great Job

    Whether you are looking for your first summer associate position, or are about to graduate, LexisNexis® has the resources to help you connect with legal professionals, uncover the right job opportunities, and stand apart from other candidates in your...

    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...

    What’s Ahead for Lawyers After the Recession

    A senior reporter for the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly called me recently. She was writing an article titled "Career Progressions and Stages of Lawyer Development." We spent 45 minutes on the telephone discussing my reflections as a career...

    How to Add Value to Your Firm: The Art of Rainmaking

    Too many small firm and solo lawyers believe they are not natural marketers. The reality is that there is no one personality type that makes a successful rainmaker. But marketing does require far more planning than the typical "random acts of...

    Work-Life Balance: Is it Possible to Work Part Time in Big Law?

    Both the legal industry and large law firms are paying increasing lip service to the idea of "work-life balance." Although work-life balance is rarely defined in concrete terms, it seems to express a fuzzy notion of having time to fulfilling...

    Career Planning: Researching Potential Employers

    Now that you know who you are and what you have to offer, or, to state it in marketing terms, what your product is, you need to develop a list of potential workplaces; i.e., your target population. Since you have already decided on a geographic region...

    Congrats Kathleen Sullivan. It's About Time!

    According to a March 11, 2010 report from Above the Law and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Kathleen Sullivan is the first woman to become a named partner of an AmLaw 100 firm. This followed Quinn Emanuel's announcement that it...

    Getting a Law Job with Average Grades

    Have questions about how to navigate the world of legal networking, interviewing and job searching? So did more than 1200 law students, who tuned in to the lively and informative webcast "Ask the Experts-Answers to Your Questions on Legal Job Search...

    Law Schools Adopting Skills-based Legal Education

    Recently on the Lexis Hub for New Attorneys, we discussed the ways law schools will adapt to the decrease in available positions for new attorneys in the wake of the economic downturn. We mentioned the practical legal education curriculum recently implemented...

    Competition in Law School

    Ok! First semester of Law School down, only a million to go! I am sure part time students know how I feel. The surprising thing about Law School is that it is not at all what I imagined. Of course it is hard work, which I assumed, and time consuming...

    Will you get the offer? Will you accept it?

    Especially in lean economic times, not every summer associate who delivers good work product will get an offer from the firm. The decision often involves a recruiting or hiring committee with a variety of firm professionals reviewing oral and written...

    Law Firm Associations

    This section comprises listings of networks of law firms, usually international in scope. Many have been established for the joint practice of law, others to collect information, publish, sponsor seminars, and serve as a source of referrals. Basic...

    How Will Law Schools Adjust to Diminished Job Prospects for Graduates?

    Over the past year, the nation’s top 250 Law Firms decreased in size by 5,259 attorneys. This 4-percent drop is the largest since the National Law Journal began keeping such statistics 32 years ago. These figures reveal the dramatic toll that the...

    Deposition Prep

    Over the next few posts, we will discuss some tips for helping you take good depositions. We will reserve special tips for deposing doctors and expert witnesses for separate posts, but rather focus now on tips for deposing fact witnesses, including the...

    How to Make the Most out of Law School

    Each year, as another handful of my friends enter law school, I get the same e-mail. Dear Laura, How are you? I am going to law school. Any tips or advice? Thanks! XXX Usually the query results only in flashbacks to the beginning of 1L year...

    Top Job Interview Mistakes, And How To Avoid Them

    Most of us know what it feels like to be turned down for a job we hoped to get. Sometimes it's simply not a good match. But all too often the rejection stems from an interview slip-up. So how can we make sure to ace the next one? Interestingly, it's...

    From Backpack to Briefcase: A Transitions Program for Law Students

    Last week, I attended the Backpack to Briefcase program presented by the National Association of Women Lawyers at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. NAWL bills this offering as “a revolutionary program for law students and recent law school...

    Grit and a Growth Mindset

    There seems to be a general lament among the elder generation of lawyers in regards to the quality of new law school graduates. Simultaneously, there is also a cacophony of complaints from recent law school graduates about the general state of the legal...

    Is the American Dream now the Impossible Dream? For Law Grads, Time Will Weather the Impossible.

    To dream the impossible dream ... To bear the unbearable sorrow . Those are the lyrics to the song "Impossible Dream" (preferably the Elvis version), the two lines illustrating the bookends of our current economic woes. Impossible dreams and...

    Associates from Elite Law Schools Chosen for Top Firm Jobs Report Bottom Scores in Job Satisfaction

    Here you are worried about the kinds of offers you received or might receive after recent news that some large firms are cutting back, rescinding or delaying offers. Could an offer at a small firm, non-profit or other related job be a blessing in disguise...