Think Small! Learning about and Locating Positions in Small Firms

    New York State Bar Association Committee on Lawyers in Transition Webinar by Ron Fox, Esq., Legal Career Counselor I initially talk about how we got to this point (my 50th year in the legal profession) where the vast majority of the public are unable...

    How Do You Profit Your Firm?

    If Oscar Wilde's famous definition of a cynic - "someone who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing" - is true, then many associates may need a dose of cynicism when assessing where they stand in their firms. Not the superficially...

    Technology: Friend or Foe in the Battle for Work-Life Balance?

    The ever-elusive work/life balance-is it possible to have it all in the legal world: the suit, the family, the marathon-training and the social life? Or is work/life balance just lip-service that sounds great in marketing materials but falls with a thud...

    New Associate Training Guide

    In the PowerPoint presentation attached below, attorneys Mike Gaertner, Jennifer Kenedy, and Keith Parr impart their expert advice to incoming associates at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP, a full-service, national law firm with offices in Atlanta...

    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...

    Balancing Life and the Stress of a Legal Career--Easier Said than Done

    I have a much easier time recommending for others what they should do to find work balance, and have great wishes for them that their journey will go smoothly. I am here to say from firsthand experience that even when you are making positive changes to...

    ABA YLD Chairperson Discusses Networking Program

    Kelly-Ann Clarke, Chairperson of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, spoke with Lexis Community Manager Lisa McManus about the new YLD initiative, "Making Lasting Connections." The program is designed to teach young lawyers...

    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...

    Why Law Students and Job Seekers Need Business Cards

    Well, in general, why does anyone need a business card? I use them as a logical, manageable way to communicate my contact information to another person. It's a physical object that someone can refer to at a later time to either get in touch with...

    Getting and Keeping Your First Law Job

    The most basic skills everyone needs to know when searching for, interviewing for and holding a job in the legal profession. The Lexis Hub for New Attorneys exists to provide you with career tips and information to ease your transition from legal education...

    Not the Boss’s Favorite?

    As bad bosses go, having a favorite employee seems to be one of the most commonly stated complaints. If you have a bad boss, and are clearly not his favorite, there are some things that you can do to make the situation more bearable. 1) Become allies...

    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...

    Parental Leave Policies

    Is a firm’s parental leave policy an issue for you? The Associate Pirate has been posting a running table of maternity and paternity leave policies based on survey reponses, comments, and tips. View the maternity leave table. View the paternity...

    LexisHub Survey Indicates New Lawyers Broaden Job Searches to Find Positions

    Amid reports that the economic downturn has cut the number of available openings at big firms for this year’s class, a survey by the LexisNexis HUB for New Attorneys notes that recent graduates did some shifting in order to land their first jobs...

    Preparing for Law Firm Interviews

    Did Jane Eyre nab me offers from BigLaw firms when I was an eager law student interviewing during EIP? I'll never know. But I (to my surprise) talked about my favorite book repeatedly throughout my law firm interviews, along with what I thought 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...

    Best Use of Your Spring "Break"

    Spring break is finally upon us!!!!! The last few weeks have been filled with arduous research for appellate briefs for most 1L's plus the daily grind of employment for all of us part time students with full time jobs. With the first year of Law School...

    Opting Back In Program: Helping Attorneys Return to the Law

    Are you ready to "on ramp"? That is, are you an attorney who is ready to return to legal practice after leaving law for a year or more to care for your family? Two years ago, the University of California Hastings College of the Law's Center...

    Making Your Transition to Practice Smoother

    At the National Association of Women Lawyers Backpack to Briefcase program held at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, a panel of distinguished women legal professionals was asked what one thing could make the transition to practice smoother....

    Balancing Work and Family

    You have to be in court this morning, but the school just called to say that your child is sick and needs to go home. What do you do? Balancing work and a family is not a unique problem to those practicing law. With so many dual career families and...

    Working with Partners and Senior Colleagues

    At the National Association of Women Lawyers Backpack to Briefcase program that was recently held at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Attorney Mona M. Stone was a presenter on a panel focused on “Working with Partners and Senior Colleagues...

    Everything You Wanted to Know About Starting Bonuses but Were Afraid to Ask

    Wondering who has the best bar reimbursements, stipends and bonuses, salary advances, moving expenses, stub bonuses, and payback requirements? Above the Law has created an aggregated table based on comments and tips that were submitted. Also available...

    Postponed Starting Dates

    Given the current economic climate, cost-cutting measures at Biglaw are not surprising. Belts are tightening all around. How widespread is the problem? Several sources are reporting on the phenomenon. Law.com reports that Howard Rice has delayed several...

    Law Schools Should Help Students Plan Their Careers, Not Place Them in Jobs

    For the last 25 years, I have written and spoken about the defects of traditional law schools although my primary effort since 1994 has been advising those negatively affected by the failures of traditional legal education - law students and dissatisfied...

    Legal Education--Changing to Fit the Times

    The LexisNexis survey on " The Future of the Legal Industry " revealed startling statistics on how law students felt about the institutions they'd attended, and in some cases accumulated large loans to attend, to receive their Juris Doctorates...