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...

    Remembering Names when Networking

    Of all the skills you need for networking, few are as basic as the simple art of remembering someone's name. And few things have the potential to seriously annoy people more if you happen to get it wrong. While we recently covered some options...

    Legal Project Management

    Lawyers have always done project management. They haven't called it that nor done it in a systematic way. But if you've ever managed a legal matter (project) you have done project management, more so if you managed a team, worked within a budget...

    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...

    Dealing with Job Search Anxiety and the Stress of Rejection

    Searching for a job can be a frustrating process. Perhaps most frustrating is that there's no one size fits all methodology to landing the right opportunity. You can follow someone's advice to the letter and keep missing out on opportunities,...

    The Danger of Doing Things Because You are Good at Them

    Let me ask you a question: Should you aim to make a career out of doing things you're good at? "Why, sure," you say, "what else would I do?" It's Not that Easy This is a question I've struggled with for...

    The Skills and Attitude You Need to Advance Your Legal Career

    I recently had the opportunity of being asked to do a workshop in Boston through a Massachusetts State Bar Association affiliate. The topic was "Legal Skills and Attitude Needed to Advance Your Career." The group was comprised of displaced/unemployed...

    Stepping up the Job Search: Tips for New Grads and Unhappy Associates

    Ah, Spring. A time of new beginnings and vigorous cleaning. We can smell the sunshine and Pinesol already! But as you flip your mattress and give your walls a sponge bath, don't forget a key area to re-evaluate: your job search. If reported job...

    Game-Inspired Career Motivation

    Ever wonder why it's so hard to focus on work, but you can effortlessly play Words With Friends for hours? The steady flow of challenges and rewards may be the reason why your motivation to play games exceeding that to fill in spreadsheets. And...

    How to Remember Names when Networking

    "It's on the tip of my tongue." Whichever company you work for, whatever industry you're in, there are always going to be more faces than you can possibly put a name to. Which makes for some awkward moments everywhere from the elevator...

    Building Your Network for Success

    A referral network does not just happen. Like everything else in legal marketing, it takes work. William Melater, the Dis-Associate contributing author on Attorney at Work , tells us that it doesn't matter where you went to school or your class rank...

    Where Does Your Day Go? Time Management Tips for Reclaiming Your Work Day

    Ever feel like you spend all your time in the conference room? A new study of CEOs shows that 18 of their average 55-hour work weeks are spent at roundtables-and a mere 6 spent at their actual desks, working alone. The rest of the work week breakdown...

    Embrace the Changes in Opportunities for New Lawyers in 2012 and Beyond

    As I provide career consultations to young lawyers, from recent graduates to newly-minted partners, I am often asked if opportunities have changed since the onset of the economic recession in late 2007. The answer is an unqualified - yes. The practice...

    More Rainmaking Tips for New Attorneys

    It should be patently obvious that when a client or prospect has a legal matter that needs to be addressed, you would want them to think of sending the work to you . If you are not the first lawyer or law firm they think of, you have some work to do....

    Crushing Weight of Student Loans Leaves Some Law Grads with Few Options

    The average student loan debt load for new attorneys now stands at $106,000 for private and $70,000 for public law school costs, according to the ABA Journal . It's one thing for students to take on massive debt when the job prospect light at the...

    Now You've Got the Interview, How to Overcome the Stress

    Although interviewing for a job can be frightfully stressful, it doesn't have to be. In fact, with proper preparation (researching the company you're interviewing with, the position your interviewing for, and the person or persons who will be...

    Five Difficult Questions About Associate Compensation

    In our compensation practice, my colleagues in Walker Clark and I are seeing associate performance emerge as a central, far-reaching issue that links directly to profitability. Two specific, but related, questions almost always float to the surface...

    Rainmaking Tips for New Lawyers: Raise Your Profile

    It is always a good idea for lawyers to focus on raising their visibility to attract clients directly and via referrals. Amy Campbell's Web Log recently suggested three steps to increase fame and fortune this year that should help in developing business...

    The Good News and Bad News for Attorneys and Law Firms

    News that the U.S. unemployment rate continued to decline in January 2012 is certainly good news. It is a reason for optimism about the continuing, but still somewhat delicate, recovery in the U.S. That optimism is dampened a little by some fundamental...

    A Degree of Practical Wisdom: Law School by the Numbers

    As part of my ongoing lament on law schools and the challenges of training good, affordable lawyers for human-owned business , I offered my own story as an example of a financially sensible approach to buying a legal education. My starting salary as a...

    Revolving Doors are Spinning at Law Firms

    When I was a very young boy growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, my father would tell me that the revolving doors at Kaufmann's department store were what powered the escalators. It made sense at the time. As my father pointed out, the escalators...

    Networking in a Whole New Light

    Don't Look at Networking as Networking I know that many lawyers are turned off, if not terrified by the concept of networking. The idea of walking into a room full of strangers and striking up a conversation is truly worse than a root canal. I...

    Five Tips for Finding the Job You Will Love

    According to the Labor Department, the number of Americans seeking new unemployment benefits dropped to its lowest level since April 2008 last week. The week-long dip-a decline of 50,000 initial claims-is the largest in more than six years. If you're...

    More on the Future of the Billable Hour

    In a contemporaneous but unrelated development, researchers in management science and organizational behavior had begun to tout the value of monitoring the time spent by workers in completing various routine tasks. This theory of "scientific management"...

    The Importance of Following Court Orders

    Follow Court Orders or People Die! I apologize for the impolitic sub title to today's post, but it's the perfect tie-in to my pic of the beloved movie character Col. Nathan Jessup from A Few Good Men . In a movie that already was excellent...