Winning Looks, Losing Job

The Catch-22 of Attractiveness in the Workplace Earlier we discussed the preferential treatment that attractive professionals receive when it comes to job interviews and compensation determinations in the post, What Have Looks Got to do With It? The inequality, we reported, disproportionately affected...

How to Choose an Employer: Lessons from LeBron James

With the current economic and unemployment conditions, it's unlikely that most of us will find ourselves in the kind of position LeBron James (was in recently)--aside, perhaps, from those working on Wall Street . A free agent, in case you hadn't heard, LeBron (was) being wooed by many of the...

More Lawyers and More Law Schools: Too Much of a Good Thing?

We've all seen the headlines-fewer associates being hired, firms laying off attorneys, law school grads working in department stores or sending out thousands of resumes and applications yet finding no jobs. So why, then---with eyes wide open---would law school applications be up 7% this year, according...

Careers in Public Interest Law

Michael Bergmann, Director of Programs at the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), discusses best practices for establishing a career in public interest law. Follow this Link to View Videocast. The Chicago based Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), is a group that helps young lawyers cultivate...

So You Want to Become a Trial Lawyer.....

I learned very early in my career - while I was in law school clerking for Bill Wheatley at Jaqua & Wheatley - one of the best and critical qualities of a civil litigator is being a confident and skilled trial lawyer. It is not only that a confident and skilled trial lawyer knows how to litigate...

Attorney Happiness and the Pursuit of a Job

There is a great deal of attention in the legal press lately about lawyers finding happiness and job satisfaction. The timing is somewhat odd, since the market is so full of attorneys just trying to find work-any work--and new law grads attempting to grab their first law job. The ABA Journal published...

Changes in the Practice of Law and Strategies for Success

With the prime-time television shows, "The Good Wife" and "The Deep End" it seems as if Hollywood has again become fascinated with the practice of law. But for many lawyers, the real life of law practice has changed dramatically since these shows were conceived in 2007. More than...

Stagnant Legal Hiring Trend May Have Pre-Dated the Recession

Lasting changes predicted for the Legal Industry A dramatic transformation is occurring in the legal profession, according to an ABA Journal report. You probably realized that, but what may not have been as obvious is the origination of this large structural shift in the industry. The decline appears...

Help! Graduation is Coming and I Still Don't Have a Job!

So, what are you doing after graduation? For seniors who aren't quite sure yet, being on the receiving end of this question can be torture. Luckily, there is still time to figure out your next step so that you can enjoy your last few weeks of delayed adulthood-and have an answer for Grandma next...

A J.D. is not a Death Sentence

Yes, law school graduates and new lawyers face a harsh reality in today's economy - get over it. I don't mean "get over it" as in let's ignore the reality. I mean "get over it" as in, you can't dwell only on the struggles in your life. With so much negative press...

Leveraging Legal Skills to Launch Your Dreams

Who says you can't use a law degree outside of private practice? And who says it is not important to keep long-term career goals in mind while making moves towards your ultimate dream? If today's feature doesn't inspire you to live your dream, then you need bigger dreams! Leave the desperation...