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    Understanding Career Planning

    The Career Search is the first installment of our multi-part career planning series. In future segments we will discuss such considerations as evaluating yout interests, narrowing your options, choosing the setting, selecting your area of practice interest...

    Looking for Work? 7 Tips for a Remarkable Résumé

    It's no secret that the legal job market is tough these days. If you're going to stand out, you need a fantastic résumé. Here are some tips: 1) Make a great first impression. How long do you think the average hiring manager...

    Associates from Elite Law Schools Chosen for Top Firm Jobs Report Bottom Scores in Job Satisfaction

    Here you are worried about the kinds of offers you received or might receive after recent news that some large firms are cutting back, rescinding or delaying offers. Could an offer at a small firm, non-profit or other related job be a blessing in disguise...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Resource for Minority Law Students and Early Career Attorneys

    According to its mission statement, the Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program , or PALS ®, is dedicated to enhancing the skills and careers of minority law students and early career attorneys by offering customized mentoring, educational,...

    Networking Forever

    I ended last month having shot myself in the foot after killing a job offer from my 2L summer firm with my counteroffer. As we all know, dead offers can’t be revived and the no-counteroffer rule proved to be very much alive. I was out of a job and...

    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...

    Equity vs. Non-Equity Partnerships

    In two recent posts by members of Building a Better Legal Profession, we have explained non-equity current events, but it occurred to us that one key element that is often left out of writing on the topic is a simple explanation of what the equity/non...

    Career Planning: Narrowing Your Options by Choosing a Setting

    Choosing a Setting is part of our ongoing series, Career Planning for Lawyers. Previous segments provided an overview of career planning considerations, and ways to evaluate your career goals. Much of what has been written emphasizes that you need...

    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...

    Mistakes to Avoid in Seeking a Mentor

    It's tough to go it alone. Navigating the business and legal world as a young lawyer can be difficult. There's a reason firms have an established associate -> junior partner -> partner system. Having a system in place that helps develop...

    Would You Like Help Navigating the Summer Associate Experience?

    If you're starting, or getting ready to start, your law firm summer associate experience, it's natural that you might be feeling a bit uncertain. Can I do the work? What should I wear to this social activity? Will everyone be a lot...

    Job Hunting for 3Ls and Recent Law Grads: Coping with an Extended Job Search

    Katie Slater of Career Infusion Coaching addresses a very critical issue: How can you stay sane in the face of an extended job hunt? Pay Attention to Your Mental State The last level to work on in your job search is being aware of your mental and...

    Is Lockstep Compensation the Key to Happy Associates?

    As part of its special section on the future of BigLaw, the New York Times examined the culture at firms that have held on to a pure lockstep compensation structure-for both partners and associates. According to the managing partners at Cravath , Cleary...

    An Investigation of the Billable Hour

    In 2002, Justice Steven Breyer agreed with one practitioner that "the profession's obsession with billable hours is like drinking water from a fire hose, the result is that many lawyers are starting to drown." [1] The billable hour structure...

    Why You Should Embrace Change

    The professional world changes constantly. And law firms, in particular, are fluid places. Every year, a new class of attorneys is ushered in. New partners are made, senior partners retire, partners and associates alike transition in and out. Instead...

    What You Need to Know in Order to Suceed as a Summer Associate

    An incredible panel of experts provided us with insider advice on how to succeed as a summer associate. Our panelists-Donna Gerson, a business etiquette expert, Wendy Siegel, Director of Recruitment and Marketing at NYU Law, and Charlotte Wager, Chief...

    The Art of the Informational Interview

    We're looking at the many networking opportunities available to law students and lawyers, including formal events, social networking sites, and volunteer organizations. But once you've expanded your network of contacts, how do you take the next...

    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...

    Six Months Out and Still No Law Job--What Now?

    It's coming up on six months out of Law School for the class of 2010. Job prospects may be slim to none at this point and you are getting discouraged. Parents or friends start to look at you like there is something wrong with you because you spent...

    Career Planning for Lawyers: Evaluating Experience and Skills

    Evaluating Your Current or Most Recent Work Experience is the second installment in this Career Planning Series. In part one we provided an overview of career planning considerations. Why not begin by evaluating your current or most recent work...

    Billable Hour Transforms the Legal Profession

    To say that the billable hour has transformed the legal profession is no exaggeration. Though one might quibble over whether its widespread adoption triggered or merely accelerated a sea change in the way law is practiced, its effect is undeniable. But...

    Looking For Evidence in Virtual Places: Admissibility of Internet Evidence

    Lawyers looking for evidence need to start thinking about looking "virtually." With increasing amounts of "paperless" information being added to the Internet every minute of every day, there is an increasing chance lawyers could find...