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    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Lawyers: Worth Their Weight In . . . Billable Time & Contingencies?

    As a law firm attorney, I was keenly aware of the negative perception of self regulated billable hours and the ever increasing billable rate. I also know that non-lawyers gasp at the idea of leaving 1/3 of any recovery money on the table in a contingency...

    Essay Writing for the Bar Exam

    During bar exam season there are myriad great resources for preparing for and taking the bar exam. My friends at Amicus Tutoring , among so many others, are sharing great information daily. When I sat for the bar in 2005, the one area that was under-emphasized...

    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...

    Important Career Planning Tips for New Attorneys and Law Students

    Career planning, resume review, interview strategies, job application strategies, job transition resources, alumni connections, sounding board...for law students and alumni alike, Career Services Offices offer valuable resources and tools. For. Free....

    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...

    How I Prepared for the Bar Exam

    People keep asking for advice on how to prepare for the bar exam, so I thought it might be useful to write about how I studied for the bar. Naturally, I can't necessarily recommend that you prepare in the same way, but I'll tell you what I was...

    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...

    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...

    Two Steps to a Winning Law School Exam Strategy

    It's almost time for the final law school exam push, so I'll make this brief. What are you going to do these last few weeks, to ensure you're ready to go on exam day? Re-read your class notes? Try to memorize a bunch of cases?...

    Writing Tips for New Lawyers and Law Students

    My legal writing professor opened the class with these prophetic words, "If lawyers got paid by the word, we'd all be wealthy. But we don't, and we're not." As attorneys, we have a habit of using longer, complicated words when we...

    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...

    If You Go Solo, Go Niche

    Having a clear niche allows you to target your audience Why Selecting a Niche Practice Over a General Practice is a Favorable Option for a New (or Any Solo) Attorney If you, too, are thinking of going solo and hanging your own shingle, a foundational...

    Beware of Unpaid Legal Internships

    Jobs are scarce, but labor is plentiful. Given these skewed market forces, unpaid internships have proliferated across all sectors over the past few years, and the legal profession is certainly no exception. A simple Craigslist search reveals that a surprising...

    The Skills and Attitude You Need to Advance Your Legal Career

    I recently had the opportunity of being asked to do a workshop in Boston through a Massachusetts State Bar Association affiliate. The topic was "Legal Skills and Attitude Needed to Advance Your Career." The group was comprised of displaced/unemployed...