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    Is There a Silver Lining to Delayed Start Dates?

    By now you’ve probably heard about the delayed start dates at some of the biggest U.S. firms. Could it be a harbinger of better days ahead? According to an article on Above the Law, short term pain could mean long term gain for associates . Following...

    Gas at $4.00 Per Gallon – How to Cope

    You just graduated law school or opened the door to your new law firm. The price of getting back and forth to the office may be higher than what you may earn in those first few weeks, or months. How do you cope? The Law School Graduate Passing...

    Ways to Stand Out at Your Firm

    Although you probably aren’t the only smart, talented, hard-working summer associate at your firm—and hiring trends have moderated—you can take steps to stand out and maximize your chances of securing an offer. Firms recommend that you...

    Tips to Take Back to Law School

    How much have you learned during the summer? You likely developed techniques for: Drafting specific kinds of documents Working with a variety of attorneys, adapting to their styles and meeting their requirements Juggling firm social...

    Standout Resume and Interviewing Skills for New Attorneys

    Forget what you thought you knew about the job search. Resume writing and interviewing has taken on a dramatic new importance in today’s economic meltdown. The pressure of creating the ideal documents and presentation is considerable, especially...

    The Change from Law Student to Lawyer

    The transition from law student to lawyer can be tricky. There are unwritten rules that no one tells you. The old rule of thumb was “don’t burn down the firm and you’ll get an offer/get work/keep your job. Times have changed and firms...

    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...

    Future of the Legal Industry: Insights from Indiana University Law Professor William Henderson

    On alternative billing practices, how law students are dealing with the stress of the current economy and focusing legal education on skill building. Indiana University Professor of Law William Henderson’s comments following the Future of the...

    Inside Baseball and Orwell’s 6 Rules for Clear Writing

    " Inside baseball " refers to using jargon, specialized knowledge, acronyms, first names instead of full names, or other such things when speaking and writing. Using shorthand of this sort is simply more efficient when among friends, colleagues...

    How Makeup can Boost Your Career Credibility

    Career women-if you want to be taken more seriously on the job or in interviews, a Harvard study suggests wearing makeup. The value of being attractive and looking good has never been questioned, but now research shows it is also linked to credibility...

    How Do You Learn to Be a Lawyer?

    Until our modern era, most lawyers learned their profession by apprenticing themselves to practicing lawyers, learning from them by watching and doing. Today doctors still train that way. They put in years of residency as part of their training. They...

    Resources for Unemployed Attorneys

    Multiple resources exist to assist unemployed members of the bar. Here are a few to get you started on your quest for dealing with current realities and landing a new position: American Bar Association State Bar of Georgia New York State Bar Association...

    Tips for New Attorneys about the Business Side of The Practice

    How appropriate this week as the nation (if not the world) honors the memory of a great curmudgeon in CBS's Andy Rooney, that Attorney at Work has a post by its own killjoy Otto Sorts . It deals with an old codger's advice to the younger members...

    Congrats Kathleen Sullivan. It's About Time!

    According to a March 11, 2010 report from Above the Law and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Kathleen Sullivan is the first woman to become a named partner of an AmLaw 100 firm. This followed Quinn Emanuel's announcement that it...

    Landing a Great Job

    Whether you are looking for your first summer associate position, or are about to graduate, LexisNexis® has the resources to help you connect with legal professionals, uncover the right job opportunities, and stand apart from other candidates in your...

    Is the American Dream now the Impossible Dream? For Law Grads, Time Will Weather the Impossible.

    To dream the impossible dream ... To bear the unbearable sorrow . Those are the lyrics to the song "Impossible Dream" (preferably the Elvis version), the two lines illustrating the bookends of our current economic woes. Impossible dreams and...

    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...

    Grit and a Growth Mindset

    There seems to be a general lament among the elder generation of lawyers in regards to the quality of new law school graduates. Simultaneously, there is also a cacophony of complaints from recent law school graduates about the general state of the legal...

    What’s Ahead for Lawyers After the Recession

    A senior reporter for the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly called me recently. She was writing an article titled "Career Progressions and Stages of Lawyer Development." We spent 45 minutes on the telephone discussing my reflections as a career...

    Law Schools Adopting Skills-based Legal Education

    Recently on the Lexis Hub for New Attorneys, we discussed the ways law schools will adapt to the decrease in available positions for new attorneys in the wake of the economic downturn. We mentioned the practical legal education curriculum recently implemented...

    Law Firm Associations

    This section comprises listings of networks of law firms, usually international in scope. Many have been established for the joint practice of law, others to collect information, publish, sponsor seminars, and serve as a source of referrals. Basic...

    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...

    Competition in Law School

    Ok! First semester of Law School down, only a million to go! I am sure part time students know how I feel. The surprising thing about Law School is that it is not at all what I imagined. Of course it is hard work, which I assumed, and time consuming...

    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...

    How Will Law Schools Adjust to Diminished Job Prospects for Graduates?

    Over the past year, the nation’s top 250 Law Firms decreased in size by 5,259 attorneys. This 4-percent drop is the largest since the National Law Journal began keeping such statistics 32 years ago. These figures reveal the dramatic toll that the...