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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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Getting a Law Job with Average Grades

    Have questions about how to navigate the world of legal networking, interviewing and job searching? So did more than 1200 law students, who tuned in to the lively and informative webcast "Ask the Experts-Answers to Your Questions on Legal Job Search...

    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...

    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...

    Why Law Students and Job Seekers Need Business Cards

    Well, in general, why does anyone need a business card? I use them as a logical, manageable way to communicate my contact information to another person. It's a physical object that someone can refer to at a later time to either get in touch with...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...