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    Legal Writing Tips from the Top: Supreme Court Justices' Preferences and Pet Peeves

    Popular legal writing expert Bryan Garner gathered information from Supreme Court justices and put together a series of interviews as a guide. For example, Chief Justice John Roberts does not like to see "which" used where "that" is...

    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...

    New Associate vs. Contract Attorney: Firms Weigh the Options

    When the economy takes a plunge, staff and contract attorneys are naturally the first groups to be out of a job, [1] especially since non-associate attorney layoffs generally slip under the media radar. And even when reported by the omnipresent legal...

    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...

    12 Things I’d Do if I Were An Unemployed 3L

    With all the gloom and doom reporting out lately ( only half of graduating law students can expect jobs ! and so forth), I've been thinking about what someone who's graduating from law school in a couple of months without a job offer can do, right...

    Mind Your Manners, Pt. I

    Do you break out in a cold sweat just contemplating a lunch interview? Does the thought of attending a firm formal fill you with trepidation? How about the myriad dinners scheduled for summer associates? When I was a new associate, I had pretty much mastered...

    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...

    Resume Perfection: Five Things that could be Wrong with Your Resume

    If you are about to graduate law school or if you are considering leaving your firm for another, you will no doubt want to work on your resume. Many questions come to mind--should it be one page or two? How much detail should I capture? What skills should...

    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...

    Career Planning: Making Choices and Reassessing your Career

    If you are offered a position, you need to ask yourself ''Do I really want it?" Based on questions you asked during the interview, think about whether this position is consistent with your goals, values, and beliefs. You may again want to...

    A Time for Giving: Take on a Meaningful Pro Bono Project

    As lawyers, one of the best ways to give back is through pro bono work. And in taking on meaningful pro bono projects, you may find that you are doing some of the most significant work of your life. (My friend Bill Colby comes to mind. Early in his...

    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...

    Associate Salaries-Money vs. Quality of Life

    What’s more important to you – your salary or your social life? As income increases lead to rising billable hour requirements and less time for family, friends and fun, associates should take stock in what’s most important to them. ...

    Writing an Effective Cover Letter

    It's bad form to send out a résumé without a cover letter. The prospective employer wants to know how you heard about the position, why you're interested in it, and what you know about the employer. A cover letter also gives you...

    Career Planning: The Interview

    You received a call and now have an appointment to talk about the opening. If you were looking for positions not publicly advertised, it is likely that potential employers will not have drawers filled with resumes. The fact that the person doing the hiring...

    Market Power: Universities Can Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is

    In bad economic times, power shifts from suppliers to demanders. In the legal market, that means from lawyers seeking jobs to law firms, and from law firms seeking clients and work to clients. One important group of institutional clients that it's...

    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...

    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...

    Career Planning: Building Your Professional Network

    Building Your Professional Network is part of our ongoing Career Planning Series with Ron Fox, Esq Now that you have focused on the type of position you are seeking, you will be able to provide clear guidance to those who want to help you. But setting...

    Alternative Careers for Lawyers

    With the current economic downturn and the grim hiring market overall, what options are available to lawyers and graduating law students? Whether you are disappointed that you won’t be making a great deal of money, haven’t found a job...

    What You Don't Learn in Law School CAN Hurt You

    The further associates advance in their legal careers, the more they typically see what their legal education lacked. Law school does not teach lawyers how to effectively interact with clients; law school does not teach lawyers how to efficiently manage...

    Career Planning: Getting Involved

    Getting Involved The approach you have taken is to decide first on the field you want to be in. Now you should get involved. Let's say you have decided that your goal is to provide legal services to reduce the dangers to society arising from damage...

    Top 10 Laws of Leadership

    New lawyers take note, although these rules apply to attorneys throughout your legal career. As part of the annual MCCA (Minority Corporate Counsel Association) " Creating Pathways to Diversity " conference, the authors of The Little Black...

    Ten Rules for Job Interview Success

    The recent employment figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the smaller-than-expected gain in payrolls underscore a profound challenge facing today's job seekers. Even as we lurch out of the Great Recession, the anemic pace of...

    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...