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    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...

    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...

    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: Researching Potential Employers

    Now that you know who you are and what you have to offer, or, to state it in marketing terms, what your product is, you need to develop a list of potential workplaces; i.e., your target population. Since you have already decided on a geographic region...

    Deposition Prep

    Over the next few posts, we will discuss some tips for helping you take good depositions. We will reserve special tips for deposing doctors and expert witnesses for separate posts, but rather focus now on tips for deposing fact witnesses, including the...

    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...

    Is Starting Your Own Law Practice the Answer for Law Grads Still Looking for Work?

    For years after her law school graduation, my attorney worked with large and mid-size firms in New York City and Philadelphia. Finally, she recognized for various reasons the desire to leave "Big Law" and go off on her own. At the same time...

    Work-Life Balance: Is it Possible to Work Part Time in Big Law?

    Both the legal industry and large law firms are paying increasing lip service to the idea of "work-life balance." Although work-life balance is rarely defined in concrete terms, it seems to express a fuzzy notion of having time to fulfilling...

    5 Questions to Ask Before Your Job Interview

    Questions aren't just for the interview . While your preparation for your job interview should certainly include your own list of questions -about the company, the position, the culture, or any other topic that will help you decide if the job is a...

    How Much Time Should You Spend Preparing for Class as a 1L?

    I've been getting a lot of questions lately about a common 1L concern: How much time should you spend getting ready for class? It's going to vary a bit, of course, depending on how much reading your professor assigns in each class, but we can...

    How to Add Value to Your Firm: The Art of Rainmaking

    Too many small firm and solo lawyers believe they are not natural marketers. The reality is that there is no one personality type that makes a successful rainmaker. But marketing does require far more planning than the typical "random acts of...

    Partnership Shell Game

    After two years of advocacy by various organizations, the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) agreed last November to collect data on law firm partnership structures. Instead of just providing a partner headcount, firms would disclose the number...

    Rookie Mistakes to Avoid as an Associate: Failing To Pay Attention To Detail

    "At my first law firm, I assisted in preparing a number of documents as part of a transactional filing for one of the firm's largest clients. In reciting the company name, I did not insert a comma before the 'LLC,' though I was told that...

    Do’s, Don’ts, Fashion Faux Pas and Office Etiquette for Summer Associates

    Sometimes what appears to be obvious to seasoned attorneys and professionals with many years of experience may not be as clear to those entering the profession. Take for example these tales of summer associate blunders noted in Above the Law 's Collection...

    Six Tips for a Leaner, Meaner Resume

    In today's social media age, you'd be better off taking resume cues from your Linked In page than your parents. Electronic submission and a tough economy means lots of resumes for HR people to sort through, and very little time and attention...

    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...

    Legal Processing Outsourcing – Do You Need It? – Do You Want It?

    One of the latest trends in the legal practice is outsourcing some of the work to outside firms and overseas companies. With legal fees at most firms ranging from $300 to $1,000 per hour, clients seeking to reduce costs may welcome the use of personnel...

    Outsourcing of Legal Work-How Serious Is It?

    The practice of law would seem to be one of the few areas that is safe from the outsourcing trends that have had such a profound affect on American business. That’s no longer the case. According to the New York Law Journal : “Outsourcing...

    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...

    Universities as Legal Clients: What Can They Do?

    In Building a Better Legal Profession's recent post, "Universities Can Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is," we talked about the fact that universities, big buyers of legal services, have lots of institutional reasons to think about...

    More Thoughts About How Lawyers Should be Trained

    Regular readers may recall my strong belief that young lawyers do not learn in law school the fundamentals of what they need to know to practice law. In contrast to doctors, who put in years of residency, hospital and clinic work and other apprenticeships...

    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...

    Professor Bowman on Interviewing Techniques

    Professor Greg W. Bowman gave a talk at Mississippi College School of Law on interviewing techniques. The video is available online here at the Mississippi School of Law website. According to Professor Bowman’s blog, he has used these techniques...

    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...

    Finding a Job in the Legal Profession in this Tough Economy

    As a new grad fresh out of law school and looking for a job, I don't need to tell you how tough it is to figure out where the opportunities exist that could work for you. In fact part of the trick of a good job search is to figure out the answer to...