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. Following is a synopsis of their comments: Betsy...

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. The New York Times reports that there are only...

Does Dress Really Affect Your Success?

Do the partners at your firm wear business suits every day? Every day except Friday? Or just when they meet with clients? Not even then? A number of factors can come into play: East or West Coast, clients in banking vs. technology, partners with a more traditional viewpoint or a more casual style. With...

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 yet, or are just looking for a change, it is more...

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 to the practice of law. Some of the most basic...

2009 NAWL Retention Survey

Survey reveals that women have a long way to go to break into law firm leadership roles. Snapshot of the 2009 Survey Results Women in Law Firm Leadership: Women play a surprisingly small role in the highest levels of law firm leadership. In spite of more than two decades in which women...

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 economic recession has taken on law firms over the...

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 by the University of California, Irvine....

Is Law School Name or Location More Likely to Get You Your First Law Job?

Is it the name or is the old real estate adage, "location, location, location," the prevailing factor in choosing the right law school? An interesting survey released by Vault.com researched law school grad's evaluation of the best Law Schools for new attorney employment, based on location...

New Career, New Job Jitters? De-Stress Your First Day

Does it Feel Like the First Day of School Again? Don't Worry, the Same Rules Apply By Tiffany Lewis, Director, Global Recruiting Operations, LexisNexis First, start with the basics.... Make sure you are prepared for day one. Where do you need to be, when do you need to be there, how should...

Baby Boomers Compromise for Generation Y

By Adrian Dayton, from his Blog, Marketing Strategy and the Law Just over a year ago at the Inside Counsel Superconference two well respected attorneys by the names of Scott Greenfield and Dan Hull lambasted Generation Y for their lack of work ethic, inability to sacrifice for clients and general...

Career Insights, Networking Tips and Job-Finding Advice from the Career Transitions Twitter Event Hosted by Donna Seyle

The Lexis Hub/Connected Twitter conversation led by Donna Seyle ( www.freelancelawfirm.com ) evolved into a discussion with more than 130 tweets and dozens of participants sharing career advice and experiences. Here are some of the highlights of the conversation, encompassing career strategies, networking...

What Have Looks Got to Do With It?

Stanford Law School professor Deborah Rhode recently invited us to examine the extent to which hiring professionals are "Prejudiced toward pretty" in an article of that name, published in the National Law Journal. Rhode cited the study "Lawyers' Looks and Lucre," in which "economists...

How to Handle On-the-Job Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes throughout their career. You don't have to be new to the job to do it. Veterans in any field make mistakes just like newer members of the profession, it's just that veterans have learned how to recover from them, correct them and move on. Because of that skill, it may...

Lessons Worth Learning for New Attorneys and Law Students

One of my target audiences when I write this blog is mostly recent law grads still getting their footing as young associates. I think it's useful to reinforce a couple of lessons that they may not have thought much about while in law school, but once you get out in practice confront you every day...

Career Questions Answered!

In one of the toughest economic climates for lawyers in decades, how to find your first job in the legal profession and what to do when you land it can lead to more questions than ever. Career Counselor and Executive Coach Sheila Nielsen is prepared to answer the tough questions. She has assisted thousands...

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 profession and the dissonance between what they...

Personal Strategic Planning for Associates and New Attorneys

What, precisely, is that is going to make you special (or even more special) in the marketplace over the next few years? Would you like to develop a specialized expertise in a particular technical area, in certain types of transaction, in the problems of certain types of clients? You probably can develop...

How to Handle Mistakes

Today we will focus on a situation we ALL are familiar with - a mistake. In this profession, mistakes are inevitable and we all make them, I promise. They come in a variety of fashions - missed deadlines, tardy to a meeting, poor strategy decisions, or just flat out poor execution on a project. While...

Career Lessons to Learn from the NBA Lockout

The entire pre-season slate of game has been canceled as have the first two weeks of the season and it doesn't look like the NBA lockout is going to end any time soon. Fans anxious for a follow-up to the exciting season that saw the Dallas Mavericks win an unexpected championship will now have to...

Finding and Landing the Job You Want: Podcast with Career Counselor, Sheila Nielsen

On this edition, Sheila Nielsen, attorney and career counselor with Nielsen Career Consulting discusses how finding and landing the job you want in the legal field is similar to a quest. She talks about ways to network, how to find natural counselors and how to turn an informational interview into a...

Think "Real"

In an effort to help people realize their full potential as human beings, motivational speaker Tony Robbins hosts fire walking events at his conferences. At a recent conference, 21 people were treated for burns after walking across one of Robbins's signature bed of coals. An article in the Times...

It's Not Just Who You Know....

I think it's fair to say that every one of us feels the need to be known. This is not about being popular or famous, necessarily, but rather, about connection and affirmation. We show up every day, not only for ourselves, but for the people who know us. And this is something we cannot take for granted...

Important Career Planning Tips for New Attorneys and Law Students

Career planning, resume review, interview strategies, job application strategies, job transition resources, alumni connections, sounding board...for law students and alumni alike, Career Services Offices offer valuable resources and tools. For. Free. I was a work study intern in my Career Services...

Fear and Fearlessness

Lately this quote has been making the rounds: "What would you do if you weren't afraid to fail?" But I'm not sure that's the right question to be asking. Sure, as a mental exercise it might be helpful...I mean, I'd love to be able to snap my fingers and climb Everest...