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    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...

    Four Common Reasons for Disappointing 1L Grades and How to Fix Them

    As law school classes start back up again, many of you are trying to come to terms with your disappointing 1L grades. People tend to take one of two approaches when the first year didn't go so well. Most students just accept the status quo, decide...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    10 Things You Need to Know as You Start Your First Law Job

    When you show up for work at a law firm, you realize pretty quickly that there's a lot to learn. Some things people will tell you, but there's a lot of stuff no one's going to tell you. Having been on both sides of the equation (as the...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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: 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...

    The On-Campus Interview: Get In, Get Out, Get Called Back

    For many law students across the country, 'tis the season-not of summer Fridays and beach trips, but of the on-campus interview program. OCI, as it is called at many schools, provides students the opportunity to interview for summer associate positions...

    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...

    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: 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Five Important Tips for New Associates and Law Clerks

    After having shown a number of new clerks the ropes, (I've been clerking at the same firm throughout law school) I thought I'd list a few basic mistakes to avoid of which I think every new associate or clerk should be aware. I include associate...