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    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...

    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...

    Tough Interview Questions--and How to Answer Them

    We've all been there. You've prepared for the interview, reviewed your resume, and are looking good in your wrinkle-free suit. Then it happens-a question from out of left field (or even one you might have expected, but were dreading). How do you...

    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...

    10 Simple Ways to Thank Your Clients

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy Thank you. It is one of the phrases we are taught as soon as we can speak. Amidst this year's...

    I Failed the Bar Exam! Now What?!?

    Fantastic guest post today from Lee Faller Burgess of Amicus Tutoring about what to do if the unthinkable happens, and you fail the bar exam. I'll turn it over to Lee: You failed the bar exam. Now what? Almost anyone who has sat for the bar...

    Sacrifices to Becoming a Partner in a Large Law Firm

    I seem to have it made as a 37-year-old lawyer: partner with a "Big Law" firm here in Pennsylvania, nice house in the suburbs with spouse and kids, recognized as a solid producer by senior management. I can probably run the table here until...

    BigLaw Interview Tips and Questions to Expect

    By Brian Dalton With on campus interviews winding down (except for Jones Day !) and call-backs in full swing, let's take a look at the much-mocked, widely dreaded BigLaw interview. Behavioral interviewing techniques are gaining popularity among...

    Professionally, When Should a Woman Act More Like a Man (and Vice Versa?)

    Women have made great strides in the workplace over the last several decades, but continue encountering a glass ceiling when it comes to landing top positions. Demonstrating the right mix of behaviors at work is a delicate balancing act. Researchers from...

    The “Six-Bullet” Resume

    A Format for Composing an Effective Resume I suggest you draft what I refer to as a "six-bullet" resume. In response to my request, a client of mine edited his resume, eliminating obvious references to himself and gave me permission to post...

    Career Planning: Taking Control of Your Fate

    If you entered law school with the goal of "doing something that matters,'' choosing a career serving the legal needs of individuals will provide you with opportunities to do that. By taking steps now, you can begin mapping out your career...

    What Area of Law Interests You Most?

    During your summer employment you may be exposed to several different practice areas. Are any of them especially appropriate for you? To help you decide, here’s a brief overview of five different practice areas: corporate, securities, patents, labor...

    Thank You for the Interview

    You’ve just slam dunked your interview for that coveted associate position at a prestigious firm, having done everything to present yourself as perfectly as possible. Your resume is impeccable, you’ve practiced for your interview, and your...

    Office Etiquette for New Attorneys

    Do not wear headphones in your office. Ever. Period. Let me explain. I. The Generational Gap In every legal practice, there is a distinct age and generational gap between the oldest and youngest attorneys in the office. As a rule, it is the responsibility...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Re-evaluating a Legal Career

    The Wall Street Journal published some chilling statistics about how recent law grads are faring. According to the WSJ , only 55% of the class of 2011 had full-time, long-term jobs that required a law degree nine months after graduation. And only 8% of...

    How to Make an Impression During a Phone Interview

    The phone interview has become the most popular way in which companies reduce the candidate pool for any particular job. And while they seem easy, they might be the hardest step in the job search process. Most applicants are confident going into the phone...

    Time Management Tips for New Attorneys and Associates. You CAN Do it All!

    Follow this link to register TODAY on the Lexis Hub, your premier resource for free career advice and guidance! If you struggle with managing your day and making time for your work and personal life, we completely get it. Check out this system for...

    Prepare Yourself for Practice Success

    My columns in this forum have argued that that law schools do little to prepare graduates for dealing with "The Business of Law®" (finance, practice management, client relations) that determines practice success. This puts the onus on new...

    Mapping the Law Job Treasure Hunt

    Legal job searches are kind of like treasure hunts these days-you want the prize, and you've embarked on the expedition, but the gold is really hard to find. Maybe it's time to toss the treasure map and get creative with your job search. Sending...

    Career Planning: Find Your Area of Practice Preference

    Finding your preferred area of legal practice is part of our ongoing career planning series. Previous installments have featured an evaluation of your career goals, overview of career planning considerations, and choosing the proper setting. My suggestion...

    Balancing Life and the Stress of a Legal Career--Easier Said than Done

    I have a much easier time recommending for others what they should do to find work balance, and have great wishes for them that their journey will go smoothly. I am here to say from firsthand experience that even when you are making positive changes to...

    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...