Can Your Career AFFORD a Law Degree?

ABA President Stephen N. Zack recently told the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin that law schools must do a better job of providing accurate information about the salary each school's graduates can realistically expect to make once they begin practicing law. The ABA Journal reports $60,000 a year as the...

Pushing Yourself to Succeed: Are You Fulfilling a High School Prophecy?

Success. Does it serve as a driving force or is it a curse? The Wall Street Journal recently talked to people voted "Most Likely to Succeed" in high school to see if this designation served as a blessing or a curse for their careers. Most of us who completed college and law school could be...

Programs Promoting Work-Life Balance Gain Traction at Large Law Firms

Firms Find Ways to Reduce the "Motherhood Penalty" For years, the legal profession was an unforgiving black hole for women, especially for those with children. As more women graduated from law schools and landed jobs at the nation's elite law firms, they found themselves trapped in a...

Your Best Geographic Odds for Moving up the Earnings Ladder

Mid-Atlantic states most economically mobile Eight states located mainly in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region offer the greatest opportunity for moving up the earnings ladder, according to a study by the Pew Center on the States. Pew's research shows that residents of Maryland, New York...

Advice for the Care and Feeding of Young Lawyers (and Lawyers-to-be)

After writing a few pieces advising young lawyers how to start off on the right foot in their new jobs , it occurred to me that it might be helpful to look at the question from the other angle: If you're supervising a young lawyer (or a law student in a summer job), what can you do to help ensure...

Handling Constructive Feedback Like a Professional

One of the more difficult things to get used to when you are working in a law firm (or other corporate) environment is the idea of constructive feedback. No matter how constructive the feedback, it can feel offensive, or off-putting. Instead of energizing or motivating us, we spend a few moments crafting...

Wants vs. Needs: which one runs your life?

Have you taken the time lately to analyze the various wants and needs in your business and life? They are very different and that difference happens to be everything when it comes to designing your lifestyle. Why? One concept: choice. You are born with your needs; you choose your wants. The...

Are You Working Your Dream Job or Still Looking?

It can be hard to see the bright spots in your day and in your life if you are feeling burned out and unhappy at work. You spend a huge percentage of your life at your desk, with your colleagues, and proving that you are good at what you do. This can be totally draining if you are not in a position that...