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    ABA YLD Chairperson Discusses Networking Program

    Kelly-Ann Clarke, Chairperson of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, spoke with Lexis Community Manager Lisa McManus about the new YLD initiative, "Making Lasting Connections." The program is designed to teach young lawyers...

    Law Firm Associations

    This section comprises listings of networks of law firms, usually international in scope. Many have been established for the joint practice of law, others to collect information, publish, sponsor seminars, and serve as a source of referrals. Basic...

    Proving Your Worth: Compensation Negotiation Tips for New Law School Graduates

    Law school teaches students to be effective advocates for their clients, but few students are taught to be effective advocates for themselves. As you begin your job search, remember to advocate for your own benefit by negotiating for a higher compensation...

    A New Look at Your J.D.-Aligning Your Career with Your Passions

    You’re living your dream—you secured your law degree, passed the bar and are now working at a prestigious law firm. That’s a tremendous accomplishment. However, if the demands of the billable-hour environment have dampened your enthusiasm...

    A Nuts-and-Bolts Guide to Creating and Implementing a Personal Business Plan

    You're bright, talented with big ambitions for the future. Perhaps you want to make partner or start your own IP boutique. Or, maybe you see yourself leading the legal team of a global technology company. Whatever your dream— modest or bold—you'll...

    Knock! Knock! Who's There Behind That Office Door?

    Your future. It’s out there … somewhere. All you need is the right organization, the right door and the right person impressed enough with you to open it. Now, chances are, opportunity won’t come calling. You’ll be the one...

    Ways to Stand Out at Your Firm

    Although you probably aren’t the only smart, talented, hard-working summer associate at your firm—and hiring trends have moderated—you can take steps to stand out and maximize your chances of securing an offer. Firms recommend that you...

    CW on Splitting the Summer

    Summer is winding down, so that means that if you are a “splitter,” you’re settling in at your second firm. What’s conventional wisdom on the practice? Lynne Traverse, a recruiting and professional development manager at Bryan...

    Realistic Expectations: Starting Salaries for New Attorneys

    Have the steadily increasing salaries at Biglaw put stars in your eyes? Just how many new attorneys will be bringing home the $160K bacon this year? Or more? Many people, law students included, have the impression that lawyers routinely start out at six...

    Tips to Take Back to Law School

    How much have you learned during the summer? You likely developed techniques for: Drafting specific kinds of documents Working with a variety of attorneys, adapting to their styles and meeting their requirements Juggling firm social...

    Will you get the offer? Will you accept it?

    Especially in lean economic times, not every summer associate who delivers good work product will get an offer from the firm. The decision often involves a recruiting or hiring committee with a variety of firm professionals reviewing oral and written...

    Mentor Relationship. . . All Important

    The concept of the Mentor has been around for a long time. (An upscale magazine by that title was published in the United States a century ago.) Just what is a mentor, as that term has come to be understood, and what part can a mentor relationship play...

    Is There a Silver Lining to Delayed Start Dates?

    By now you’ve probably heard about the delayed start dates at some of the biggest U.S. firms. Could it be a harbinger of better days ahead? According to an article on Above the Law, short term pain could mean long term gain for associates . Following...

    Bridging the Generational Divide

    Cultural translator and generational expert Lynne C. Lancaster has written an interesting article on generation gaps in law firms and how firms can actively manage expectations in ways that can bridge those gaps. After anecdotally identifying some of...

    Making Your Work Hours Fit Your Lifestyle

    You like to rise with the roosters rather than burn the midnight oil. Is this acceptable? What if everyone else works late? Will this affect your career? Not everyone lives – or works – on the same schedule. Gone are the days of 9-to-5...

    Balancing Work and Family

    You have to be in court this morning, but the school just called to say that your child is sick and needs to go home. What do you do? Balancing work and a family is not a unique problem to those practicing law. With so many dual career families and...

    The Lunch Quandary: Do I Stay or Do I Go?

    You’ve only been an associate at your office for a few months. You’re overwhelmed with getting up to speed and the workload. Several days a week, your coworkers go out to lunch, but you generally choose to eat at your desk while working in...

    Fit In or Be A Star?

    Several years ago, I learned a valuable lesson about what I feel is the right place to be in any organization. I was a mere 18 years old, hundreds of miles and worlds away from life as I knew it. In other words, I was at basic military training (aka “boot...

    How to Deal with a Difficult Boss

    You say that you have never had a difficult boss? Consider yourself lucky. At one time or another throughout our careers, most of us will have to deal with what we consider to be a “bad” boss. In fact, there are thousands of articles on this...

    Searching for a New Job While Employed

    Not happy at your current job? Want a better one? When, and how, do you find the time to search for a new one? In the current job market, very few workers stay with one employer for their entire career. In fact, many people are constantly mindful...

    Is It Time to Change Firms?

    At some point in our careers, almost every attorney considers at least one job change. This is a very normal part of work in every career field. But that doesn’t make the decision any easier. Even the most well-adjusted people have trouble with...

    Supply, Demand, and the Changing Economics of Large Law Firms

    In their note published in Stanford Law Review, 60 Stan. L. Rev. 2087, Andrew Bruck and Andrew Canter address supply, demand, and the changing economics of large law firms. They write: A unique set of economic conditions has created a buyer's...

    Getting Credit for Your Work

    Have you ever pitched an idea or came up with a solution that was ignored until someone else brought it up later? As infuriating as it is, it happens a lot. But what do you do about it? Sometimes your idea is ignored simply because of timing. If you...

    Professional Women and Work/Life Conflict

    At a symposium on work/life conflict in the legal profession, Attorney Cynthia Thomas Calvert discussed professional women and the special challenges they face in balancing work and life. Her insightful comments were reproduced in Rutgers’ Women's...

    How to Get the Salary You Deserve

    You think that your salary is below the going market rate and you deserve a raise. How do you go about getting the pay that you serve? It’s time to use those negotiation skills for your own benefit. You have to ask for it. Remember the saying...